City Government

City hires KU alumnus to manage Lawrence transit and parking

The City of Lawrence has hired a University of Kansas alumnus to serve as the city's manager of transit and parking. The city announced the hiring of Adam Weigel in a news release Friday. The city said it conducted a national recruitment following the departure last fall of Bob Nugent, who had ...

City of Lawrence awarded $3.6M federal grant to repair airport runway

The City of Lawrence has been awarded a $3.6 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to make repairs at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Municipal Services & Operations spokesperson Josh Carson confirmed Thursday that the city was awarded the grant to rehabilitate the primary runway at ...

Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel requests probation for asbestos violations

Updated story - Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel sentenced to 3 months in prison for asbestos violations Though Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel is facing years in prison for felony convictions related to illegal disposal of asbestos during a construction project, his defense attorneys ...

Douglas County plans to demolish building on south Massachusetts Street

Douglas County has filed plans to demolish an unoccupied building on the southern edge of downtown. The City of Lawrence’s Historic Resources Commission will consider authorizing a certificate of appropriateness for the county to demolish the structure located at 1242 Massachusetts St. ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider committing to 100% renewable energy

City leaders will soon decide whether to commit to running on all renewable energy in the coming years. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider adopting an ordinance that establishes municipal and community-wide goals to achieve 100% renewable energy. In ...

City of Lawrence considering lowering speed limits on residential streets

Story updated at 3:42 p.m. Thursday The City of Lawrence is considering lowering the speed limit on residential streets to help address concerns about speeding in neighborhoods. Currently, the standard speed limit for residential streets is 30 mph, though some variations exist, according to ...

Lawrence temporary cold-weather shelter finds new home, seeks volunteers

A temporary cold-weather shelter for the homeless has found another church to house the program, although the location of that church is not being disclosed. The Lawrence Winter Shelter program announced in a Facebook post on Monday that it had found another location and needed volunteers to ...

City announces new monthly Coffee with the Mayor event

Lawrence residents will soon have a more informal way to discuss topics related to city government. The city will begin a new monthly event, Coffee with the Mayor, where residents can meet with the mayor at various Lawrence coffee shops, according to a news release from the city. Residents ...

Lawrence city leaders express interest in changing illegal camping ordinance

City leaders said they are interested in changing or possibly repealing ordinances that make it illegal to camp or sleep on public land, in city parks and in downtown Lawrence. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission discussed ordinances regarding illegal camping and park ...

City leaders suggest new ideas for handling sidewalk repairs

City leaders have a couple of new ideas when it comes to the contentious topic of sidewalk repair, including the creation of a sidewalk insurance program and a gradual city takeover of maintenance responsibilities. The city adopted a policy in 2018 to administer its sidewalk repair ordinance, ...