City Government

Rates for various city services set to increase for 2020

Story updated at 10:21 a.m. Friday The arrival of a new year will bring various fee increases for city services, including water, trash and admission to the city's pools. The Lawrence City Commission approved the fee increases as part of its 2020 budget process, which concluded this summer. ...

City to begin curbside collection of Christmas trees starting Jan. 2

The City of Lawrence will collect Christmas trees throughout January to be used for wildlife habitat. Lawrence residents may place live-cut trees at the curb or alley by 6 a.m. on their collection days throughout January, according to a news release from the city. Christmas trees will be ...

City solid waste collection schedule to change for Christmas and New Year’s Day

City of Lawrence offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, and the solid waste collection schedule will be altered. There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste collection service on Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to a city news ...

City of Lawrence to coordinate cost of growth study to inform development policies

The question of whether expanding the city’s boundaries to build new neighborhoods ends up benefiting or burdening the city’s budget will soon be answered. The City of Lawrence will be coordinating a study to determine the cost of growth for various types of development on the overall ...

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

Lawrence City Commission indicates support for transition to 100% renewable energy

City leaders have indicated they would like to commit to running on all renewable energy in the coming years. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission received a recommendation from the Sustainability Advisory Board to adopt a policy committing to 100% renewable energy for ...

Lawrence City Commission to discuss possible transition to 100% renewable energy

City leaders will soon discuss whether to commit to running on all renewable energy in the coming years. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will receive a recommendation from the Sustainability Advisory Board to adopt a policy committing to 100% renewable energy for ...

City conducting resident satisfaction survey to inform strategic plan

Starting Dec. 16, some Lawrence residents will begin receiving invitations to participate in a community survey. The survey will ask residents for their feedback on City of Lawrence services and programs, according to a news release from the city. The survey is being administered by ETC ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Dec. 17 meeting

CONSENT AGENDA: 1. APPROVE CITY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES: a) Consider approving City Commission Meeting minutes of 12/10/19. 2. BOARD AND COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES: a) Receive Planning Commission meeting minutes of 08/28/19, 09/25/19, 10/21/19, and 10/23/19. 3. CLAIMS: a) Consider ...

Downtown church to open temporary cold-weather shelter for homeless

As temperatures drop and forecasts call for snow, several individuals and organizations have come together to provide a temporary overnight shelter for the homeless. The Lawrence Community Shelter has been operating at a reduced capacity because of financial issues, and some homeless people ...

Driver shortage requires Lawrence bus drivers to work mandatory overtime

Because of a staff shortage, city bus drivers have spent weeks putting in mandatory overtime behind the wheel. Local union leader Justin Priest, who is president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1754, said drivers have had to work a mandatory extra shift for more than a month, typically ...

Longtime Lawrence public works official Chuck Soules to leave City Hall

Municipal Services and Operations Assistant Director Chuck Soules will be leaving his position with the City of Lawrence. City spokesman Porter Arneill said that Soules started with the city as public works director in February 2002. Following the merger of the public works and utilities ...