City Government

Local governments offices open, encourage use of online services during pandemic

Story updated at 6:01 p.m. Monday. Offices of local governments are encouraging residents to avoid conducting business in person. Some offices of the Douglas County government are remaining open as many other organizations are closing as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the ...

Lawrence Municipal Court nonessential dockets canceled for 2 weeks

Story updated at 3:05 p.m. Monday All nonessential dockets in Lawrence Municipal Court have been canceled for the next two weeks, beginning immediately, the city announced Monday afternoon. Judge Scott Miller of the court, which handles city ordinance violations including traffic and parking ...

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016.

City cancels some nonessential events and activities because of coronavirus

Lawrence will cancel certain nonessential city-coordinated events and activities in light of the spreading coronavirus, according to a Thursday news release. Parks and Recreation programs, trips and classes that may place vulnerable populations at risk will be canceled. The Parks and ...

2020 Census set to begin population count on Thursday

The counting of all U.S. residents is set to begin. Douglas County households will begin receiving notices for residents to participate in the 2020 Census on Thursday. Karrey Britt, a spokeswoman for the county, said the notices will explain how residents can respond to the census either ...

Lawrence City Commission meeting canceled

There will be no Lawrence City Commission meeting on Tuesday, according to the city calendar. The City Commission usually meets the first three Tuesdays of the month, but there will be no meeting on Tuesday because of spring break. The next City Commission meeting will be on March 17.

Construction on Lawrence’s new $19.5M police headquarters hits halfway point

The city’s new $19.5 million police headquarters is now halfway complete, and police representatives say the project could far exceed original goals to bring more police under one roof. The project’s halfway point was marked with the placement of the final piece of the structure’s steel ...

City compost facility to open for the season

The City of Lawrence Compost Facility will be open to the public beginning Saturday. Residents can drop off brush or yard waste and purchase compost or wood chips from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through mid-December, weather permitting, according to a news release from the city. The ...

Photo: City makes progress on new Lawrence police headquarters

An aerial photograph taken Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, shows the ongoing construction of the city’s new $19.5-million police headquarters at 5100 Overland Drive, which is behind the Walmart near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. It’s estimated the headquarters will be complete in December 2020, ...