City Government

No new City Commission candidates file for election; primary election not required

The filing deadline passed Monday without any additional candidates filing for election to the Lawrence City Commission. The seats of commissioners Stuart Boley, Leslie Soden and Matthew Herbert are up for reelection this year, and both Soden and Herbert have announced that they would not seek ...

City and firefighters union disagree on raises as part of contract negotiations

City of Lawrence and firefighter union representatives disagree on how much of a wage increase is needed to keep firefighter pay competitive, and discussion about raises and other compensation issues will continue as contract negotiations proceed. The union’s current contract covers ...

City Commission agenda set for June 4 meeting

Consent agenda C.1 APPROVE CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES: a) Consider approving City Commission meeting minutes from 05/14/2019. C.2 CLAIMS: a) Consider approving all claims. ACTION: Approve claims. C.3 APPROVE LICENSES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE CITY CLERKS OFFICE: a) ...

A look at major roadwork in Lawrence, including completion of long-running projects

Motorists in Lawrence should be prepared to slow down as road crews work on millions of dollars worth of projects throughout the spring and summer. The city has several ongoing road projects and others that will begin in coming weeks. Below is a summary of the major summer roadwork in ...

Incoming city manager faced tough situations in Clayton, other roles in the region

ST. LOUIS — As incoming city manager Craig Owens gave a driving tour of Clayton, Mo., he was sure also to drive outside Clayton’s bounds to a place starkly different from the city he has managed since 2008. Just outside the affluence of Clayton, an invisible line is crossed and the ...

City names three finalists for Fire Medical chief position

The City of Lawrence named three finalists for chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department on Friday afternoon. Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus named Michael Baker of Tulsa, Okla., and local candidates Shaun Coffey and Tom Fagan as the finalists, according to a city news ...

City commissioners concerned by proposal to charge entry fees at recreation centers

City leaders expressed concern about charging entry fees for the city’s recreation facilities, and officials said they would have to weigh such changes against other options to balance the budget as part of the upcoming 2020 budget process. At the Lawrence City Commission’s meeting ...

City warns residents of utility bill payment scam

The City of Lawrence Utility Billing office has been informed that scammers may be sending texts to some cell phones with a message about past due water bills, according to a city news release. The city does not send text messages, and it advises residents who have received a text message ...

City of Lawrence proposes entry fees for recreation and community centers

Some Lawrence residents could soon have to pay as much as $48 per year to use the city’s recreation centers, which are currently free and provide access to cardio equipment, weights, basketball courts and other activities. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will ...