City Government

Local sustainability leader says city needs to take bold action on climate issues

The local sustainability director told city leaders Tuesday that ambitious climate action is needed on the global, national and local levels, and that the city needs a plan to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability Director Jasmin Moore told city ...

Neighborhood leader and city board member Ken Easthouse files for City Commission

Neighborhood association president and city incentives board member Ken Easthouse has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Easthouse, a native of Lawrence, has been active in local government the past several years and ran unsuccessfully for the commission in 2017. Easthouse, ...

City manager finalists outline plans, answer questions from Lawrence residents

In their first meeting with the public, the two finalists for Lawrence city manager were greeted with a full crowd and a variety of questions, ranging in topic from economic incentives to the city’s role in arts and culture. About 150 people filled the meeting room at the Carnegie Building ...

Couple sue city over century-old tunnel under Lawrence neighborhood

After discovering a century-old tunnel directly under their house, a Lawrence couple have filed a lawsuit demanding that the city either relocate the tunnel — which is still used for storm water drainage — or pay them for damages. The 6-by-6 foot, arched brick drainage tunnel was ...

City manager finalists to give public presentations this weekend

The two finalists for the Lawrence city manager position will give public presentations Sunday. The city announced March 27 that the two finalists are Susan Sherman and Craig Owens. Sherman, originally from Ada, Ohio, is currently the assistant city manager for Olathe. Owens, originally from ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for April 9 meeting

Regular agenda 1. Consider motion to recess into executive session. ACTION: Approve motion to recess into executive session for approximately 30 minutes to consult with attorneys for the City regarding a contract pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4319(b)(2). The justification of the executive session is ...

Health care agencies won’t take position on Lawrence’s proposed marijuana law

As Lawrence prepares to lower the fine for possessing small amounts of marijuana to $1, some say there are unknowns regarding marijuana use in the city and how the changes may affect it. Neither the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department nor local substance abuse treatment center ...

City of Lawrence announces two finalists for city manager position

Story updated at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019: The City of Lawrence has announced final candidates for the position of city manager. The two finalists are Susan Sherman and Craig Owens, according to a news release from the city Wednesday. Sherman is currently the assistant city manager ...

Throughout harsh winter, city crews have patched more than 10,000 potholes

If Lawrence motorists feel like they’re hitting more potholes — or swerving to avoid more of them — they may be right. So far this year, city road crews have had to patch more than 10,000 potholes. City officials say that because of the amount of snowfall this winter, the city has ...

After delays, reconstruction of Kasold Drive now expected to be complete in May

One of the city’s long-running road construction projects is set to continue a little longer. The $5.9 million reconstruction of Kasold Drive, from Sixth Street to Bob Billings Parkway, began more than one year ago and has restricted traffic to one lane throughout the project. The project ...