City Government

City and firefighters union still at odds over pay increase, other contract elements

Representatives for the City of Lawrence and the local firefighters union continue to disagree on how much of a wage increase is needed to keep firefighter pay competitive, and contract negotiations could soon require mediation. Negotiations between the city and the union, Local 1596, are ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for July 9 work session

CONSENT AGENDA: CLAIMS: a) Consider approving all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be posted as soon as possible the next business day. ACTION: Approve claims. ADOPT ON FIRST ...

Explore Lawrence creating new position of sports business development director

Explore Lawrence will be interviewing potential candidates this month for the new position of sports business development director. The person in that position will be expected to aggressively pursue sports tourism, said Michael Davidson, executive director of Explore Lawrence. Explore ...

Affordable Housing Advisory Board to consider 6 projects for funding

Affordable housing projects and programs requesting support from the city include a development of small homes, apartments for seniors, and a mixed-use complex with units for low-income renters. The city’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board has received funding applications from six ...

City of Lawrence welcomes new city manager Craig Owens

The City of Lawrence has officially welcomed new City Manager Craig Owens aboard. Owens began his employment with the city on Monday, and Tuesday was his first City Commission meeting. Owens replaces Tom Markus, 68, who retired after about three years as the city’s top administrator. ...

City leaders want cap on how many whole-home Airbnbs a single owner can operate

City leaders expressed interest Tuesday in putting a cap on the number of whole-home Airbnbs and other short-term rentals that can be operated by a single owner. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted 3-2, with commissioners Stuart Boley and Leslie Soden opposing, ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider allocating additional $250K for bike boulevards

Updated story - July 2 — Commission votes to defer construction of one bike boulevard, consider less expensive options for other City leaders will soon consider whether to move forward with Lawrence’s first bike boulevards, even though the project is significantly over budget. As part ...

City treating water for unpleasant taste and odor caused by algae

The City of Lawrence is treating water from Clinton Lake for an unpleasant taste and odor caused by algae. Lawrence has two major sources for its drinking water: the Kansas River and Clinton Lake. The Clinton Water Treatment Plant is currently treating water with elevated levels of geosmin, a ...

An exit interview with departing City Manager Tom Markus

We are really nice but not that rich. That is one takeaway I had from my final interview with Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus as he ended his tenure at City Hall last week. Markus noticed the Lawrence friendliness in the grocery store and other places where he was out and about around the ...

Lawrence shoppers have mixed emotions on proposed 16-cent fee for single-use bags

Robin Byer brought along several canvas bags to carry home her groceries from Checkers Foods Friday morning. “It’s so hard to remember all the time,” she said about bringing the bags from her car into the store. “There is a learning curve for everything.” Byer was one of several ...