The Flame - June 2010

In this issue:

  • Your Community in Motion
  • City working on budget for 2011
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Get ready for garage sale season
  • Summer Fun in Downtown Lawrence

Your Community in Motion

The T can get you where you need to go

Your Community in Motion

This summer, wherever you need to be, take the T! The Lawrence Transit System is a city service providing public transportation from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

With eight routes throughout the city, the T can take you to work, school, doctor’s appointments, shopping, or visiting friends. Regular fare is $1 each way. Reduced fare, for students and seniors, is just 50 cents each way. Monthly passes for unlimited rides are $34 for regular fare and $17 for reduced fare. Passes are available for purchase at City Hall and the Community Mercantile.

Try the T for free on July 15 for the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Look for details about route changes in an upcoming issue of the Flame. For more information, call (785) 864-4644 or visit

City working on budget for 2011

Every August, the City Commission adopts a budget for the next calendar year. City departments have already begun development of their budget requests for 2011. As with previous years, the city is again challenged with declining revenues, however, the city remains committed to providing the high quality services that Lawrence residents expect.

Public input is welcome as part of the city’s ongoing budget process. To view the calendar for adopting the 2011 budget, visit More information about the budget, including current and past budgets, a list of expenditures, and the City Manager’s recommended 2011 budget, which will be available July 1, can be found online at E-mail comments are accepted online, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I report a street light out?

A: Call Westar Energy at (800) 383-1183 or fill out a form at The city pays Westar Energy to maintain and repair street lights.

Q: Who is responsible for mowing alleys and areas between sidewalks and curbs?

A: Property owners are responsible for mowing, trimming and maintaining their property including areas in the right-of-way such as alley areas and yards behind fences and behind buildings.

Get ready for garage sale season

City reminds residents to follow guidelines on placement of signs

Garage Sale Signs

In Lawrence, residents are not required to get a permit for holding a garage sale but sales are limited to two per household each calendar year. Garage sale signs are allowed but are required to follow certain signage regulations:

  • No private signage can be placed on public areas or right-of-way easements.
  • One, temporary directional sign is allowed in private property in residential areas. If the property does not belong to the person holding the garage sale, you must obtain the property owner’s permission to place the sign.
  • Signs cannot exceed four square-feet in area and cannot exceed a height of 42-inches.
  • Signage shall remain in place from 5 p.m. on Friday to 5 p.m. on Sunday and should be removed when the sale is finished.
  • Signs should direct traffic to the property, using arrows, etc.

Questions about garage sale regulations can be directed to the Code Enforcement Division, (785) 832-7700.

Summer Fun in Downtown Lawrence

Enjoy free music and movies this summer and take part in some of Lawrence’s most popular events.

Fireworks Free
  • June 9 - City Band A Pre-Flag Day Celebration at South Park - 8 p.m.
  • June 10 - Brown Bag Concert Lonesome Hobos at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • June 10 - Downtown Movie Bringing Up Baby at 9th and New Hampshire - 9 p.m.
  • June 16 - City Band 75th Anniversary Music Camp at Heritage South Park - 8 p.m.
  • June 17 - Brown Bag Concert Key West Jazz Quartet at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • June 17 - Downtown Movie His Girl Friday at 9th and New Hampshire - 9 p.m.
  • June 23 - City Band Welcome to Summer at South Park - 8:00 p.m.
  • June 24 - Brown Bag Concert Two Much Fun at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • June 24 - Downtown Movie The Philadelphia Story at 9th and New Hampshire - 9 p.m.
  • June 30 - City Band Our Own Fourth of July Show at South Park - 8 p.m.
  • July 1 - Brown Bag Concert Lonnie Ray Blues Band at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • July 1 - Downtown Movie Arsenic and Old Lace at 9th and New Hampshire - 9 p.m.
  • July 7 - City Band Annual Children’s Concert at South Park - 8 p.m.
  • July 8 - Brown Bag Concert Borderline Country at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • July 8 - Downtown Movie The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer at 9th and New Hampshire - 9 p.m.
  • July 14 - City Band The Grand Finale at South Park - 8 p.m.
  • July 15 - Brown Bag Concert Billy Ebeling & the Late for Dinner Band at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • July 15 - Ride the T Free Annual Sidewalk Sale in Downtown Lawrence
  • July 22 - Brown Bag Concert Paul Gray at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • July 29 - Brown Bag Concert Good Ole Boys at 900 Massachusetts - Noon
  • September 7 - Pooch Plunge Man’s best friend can play from 4-7 p.m., $5 per dog. Outdoor Aquatic Center, 8th and Kentucky
  • September 12 - Fall Arts & Crafts Festival Art sales, demonstrations and much more! South Park - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.