News from the City of Lawrence, KS for Wed., April 23, 2008

City of Lawrence, Kansas
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
CONTACT: Barry Walthall, Building Safety Manager, (785) 832-3101
Lawrence streets benefit from sign code
(Lawrence, Ks) – The warm weather and spring cleaning are likely to result in garage sales. One popular advertising tool is the garage sale sign. The City of Lawrence provides the following tips to help select the location of signs:
  • Do not place signs in the public right-of-way or on city property. To help avoid the right-of-way, do not use areas between the sidewalk and street. Utility poles are in the public right-of-way and should not be used for sign posting.
  • The sign should only be in place from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
  • Get the consent of the property owner before placing signs along residential streets.
  • Signs should be placed on residential streets and not commercial streets such as 23rd Street, 6th Street, Iowa or Massachusetts.
  • Signs should be no larger than four square feet.
Inspection staff from the Planning and Development Services Department may remove signs posted in right-of-way or on city property.
“By complying with the sign code, you are helping the community to look clean and clutter-free. Driving hazards can also be created with improperly placed signs in the right-of-way surrounding intersections,” said Barry Walthall, Building Safety Manager in the Planning and Development Services Department.
Signs used by Lawrence businesses are also regulated by the outdoor signage code. Businesses also play a role in maintaining a tidy and safe streetscape. The City of Lawrence provides the following tips to help businesses use signs appropriately:
  • Obtain a permit for all permanent and temporary signs.
  • One thirty-day permit sign permit can be issued each year. 
Article 18 of city code chapter 5 details the regulation on outdoor signage and is available on line at more information on the sign code, contact the Development Services at 832-7700.

PREPARED BY:  Laurel Kupka, 785-832-3458
Students, club members to assist with beautifying parks
LAWRENCE – Lawrence Free State High School students and members of the Lawrence Rotary Clubs will assist Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Landscaping Division perform park maintenance at several locations across the city.
Thirty volunteers from Free State’s junior class will join horticulture crews from 8:45 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.; Centennial Park, 600 Rockledge Rd. and Watson Park, 6th and Kentucky Sts.
Students will do grounds maintenance, including pruning shrubs, raking out old winter foliage and working in landscape beds, and may assist with planting flowers in conjunction with Arbor Day, National Youth Service Day and the school’s Great Green Help Day.
Lawrence Rotary Clubs will also share a work day with city staff from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 3, to plant trees and flowers at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St.  Citizens are also invited to assist if interested.
For more information, contact Crystal Miles, horticulture supervisor, at (785) 832-7970.