Lawrence council OKs $7M in bonds


Two motions related to general obligation bonds were approved by the Lawrence Common Council during its regular mid-month meeting May 15.

One of the ordinances authorizes the city to issue bonds for future projects and doesn’t include a fiscal appropriation. The second ordinance appropriates $7 million in bond funding for city expenses, such as equipment leases, that currently are paid for through the operating fund or department budgets.

Both motions were approved 8-1, with Councilor Rick Wells (D-District 2) dissenting.

One Lawrence resident spoke during the public hearing prior to the appropriations vote. Daniel Rapp asked for more transparency in the process and expressed concern about whether additional bonds would be issued annually.

Also during the meeting, the council introduced an ordinance that would establish an all-way stop at the intersection of Chadworth Way, Chadworth Court and Kensworth Drive. The ordinance was referred to the council’s Code Committee for review.

The council also approved a resolution committing the city to the goal of eliminating traffic deaths. The resolution is a required step to apply for a traffic safety grant. Wells abstained from voting, stating that he had not had time to adequately review the resolution.

The next Lawrence Common Council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 3 at Lawrence Government Center, 9001 E. 59th St. All Lawrence government meetings are streamed live on the city’s Facebook page,