Annual Meeting – PNA board elections & neighborhood plan update process

pna logoSaturday February 21 (10:00 am –  Bert Nash/Lawrence-Douglas County Health Dept. @ 200 Maine St. – lower level meeting room) will be the Pinckney Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting and election of two of the four board positions – President and Treasurer – for two year terms. PNA is a gathering of all interested Pinckney residents who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life in Pinckney. We do so by staying up to date on issues affecting the neighborhood and providing that information to residents through newsletters, website and facebook posts, and emails. PNA also provides a voice for the neighborhood concerns to City officials, local businesses and organizations. Anyone interested in serving as the PNA president or treasurer is encouraged to come to Saturday’s meeting and put your hat into the ring. We will discuss upcoming issues and make plans for the coming year.

This Saturday we will also discuss updating the Pinckney Neighborhood Plan, which was last revised in 1978! Bonnie Johnson, Associate Professor of Urban Planning at KU, will describer her recent work with the Brookside Neighborhood to update their neighborhood plan. Neighborhood plans serve as the basis for City officials as they consider improvements and requests for zoning changes and approval of development plans. Because Pinckney’s plan was last revised in the mid-’70s, it is out-of-sync with current development.

Please plan to attend the PNA 2015 annual meeting on February 21st to join your neighbors in keeping Pinckney a great place to live.

February 17, 2015 · pgmiller · No Comments
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Trunk-or-Treat – Oct. 25th – Joint neighborhood celebration with Pinckney & Old West Lawrence


Pinckney Neighborhood and Old West Lawrence are teaming up to host a Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday October 25th

Parking lot of Lawrence Memorial Hospital (enter at 4th and Alabama).

Set-up will start at 3 p.m. – the event will be open for visitors from 4 to 6 p.m.

Games – Activities – Face Painting – Contests – Treats – Cider

Thanks to businesses that have already signed up as sponsors!
The Merc Co-op, Liberty Tax, Sound Innovations, Walmart & Kansas Crown Discount Liquor

Decorate Your Trunk and Fill it With Treats or Host a Game

Contests for Best Costumes – Best Decorated Trunk – Best Game/Activity


Families, groups, teams and businesses are encouraged to participate. If you can’t set up a booth yourself, you can sponsor one and we’ll pair you with some volunteers. Students who volunteer to set up their own trunk or help out with a sponsored trunk can get a certificate recognizing their service hours.

Find more info on PNA’s Facebook Trunk-or-Treat 2014 event page.

Sign up for a trunk or a game at this link on SignUpGenius:

For questions or to sign-up by email, please contact PNA Coordinator Emily Matteson at:


This neighborhood-to-neighborhood social event is teamed with a project to give back to our community. This year we are giving a helping hand to Health Care Access Clinic! Health Care Access is dedicated to facilitating access to health services for Douglas County, Kansas residents with limited financial means who are not covered by private or governmental insurance programs.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a donation for Health Care Access Clinic. Even if you can’t sponsor a Trunk, you can still bring a treat for Health Care Access Clinic! Your donations will help the clinic serve its Douglas County health care clients in need.

Bring your donations of CASH or some of these items to the Trunk-or-Treat:

Tylenol – Ibuprofen – Imodium – First Aid Tape – Aloe Vera Lotion – Toilet Paper – Hand Sanitizer – Lysol Disinfectant Spray – Rubbing Alcohol – Pill Organizers – Glucose Gel – Paper Towels

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Pinckney Neighborhood Meeting – Saturday October 18th @ 9:00 a.m.

Pirate Ladies Pinckney Neighborhood Association meeting

Saturday October 18th @ 9:00 a.m. (NEW TIME – THIS MONTH ONLY!)

Lawrence Memorial Hospital – meeting room D-North (lower level)


Trunk-or-Treat: We’re getting ready for our annual Trunk-or-Treat – this year with Old West Lawrence! Saturday Oct. 25th – set-up starting at 3 p.m.; open to Pinckney and Old West Lawrence residents from 4 to 6 p.m. We’ll also be collecting donations for Health Care Access Clinic. Items needed include: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Imodium, First Aid Tape, Hand sanitizer, Aloe Vera Lotion, Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Rubbing Alcohol, Pill Organizers, Glucose Gel, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, and of course cash.

You can sign up to host a trunk at:

Police HQ Bond Question: We’ll also discuss the upcoming ballot question during the election Tuesday November 4th.regarding issuance of a bond to fund construction of a new Policy Headquarters on north McDonald Drive. Last month we had guest speakers from the City and the hospital to explain the Police HQ project and several other options being considered to develop parts of the property. At this month’s PNA meeting we will spend a few minutes discussing potential benefits and impacts this project might have on the neighborhood.

Rezoning Request for 345 Florida: We will also discuss a zoning request that has been submitted to changes the building density for a plot of land at 4th and Florida. The zoning board will take comment and make a recommendation at their meeting on Monday October 20. If you have any concerns about this project, please let PNA know so we can present them to the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Consider a request to rezone approximately 1.1 acres from RSO (Single-Dwelling Residential-Office) District to RM24 (Multi-Dwelling Residential) District located at 345 Florida St. Submitted by Grob Engineering Services LLC on behalf of DCCCA Inc., property owner of record.

Sandra Shaw Park Dedication Ceremony: We’ll end our meeting just before 10:00 a.m. so we can attend the Dedication Ceremony for Pinckney Neighborhood’s newest park – Sandra J. Shaw Community Health Park. Outside for a Better Inside is hosting family fun activities following the ceremony until 2:00 p.m. The park is located just past the entrance to Burcham Park – north of the Water Treatment Plant (close to the site of the VFW).

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Meeting to discuss proposed new Police Headquarters on McDonald Drive – Sept. 20th

PNA Meeting – Sat. Sept. 20 – 10:00 a.m. – Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Room D-North

PNA’s September 20th meeting will focus on answering any questions you have about the proposed new Police Headquarters to be built north of 2nd Street on McDonald Drive on the western border of Pinckney Neighborhood. The general election in November will include a question on the ballot asking for approval of a bond issuance to pay for the new facility. Police Chief Tarik Khatib and City Commissioners Bob Schumm and Dr. Terry Riordan will be in attendance.

The proposal includes purchase by the City of a large plot of land along McDonald Drive stretching from the toll plaza to the north to the Lawrence School District office complex to the south, and from McDonald Drive on the west to the property line with houses/apartments on the east. This property is currently owned by Hallmark. The City has entered into a letter agreement with Hallmark to purchase the property if the bond issue passes. The City also proposes to use/sell portions of that property that are not needed for the Police HQ. We have been assured by the City that no decisions have been made regarding the use of the property not needed for the Police HQ, but several options are under consideration, including a vehicle maintenance/parking facility for the Lawrence School District, a family fun center proposed by a local entrepreneur, and a baseball field to replace Woody Park so that Woody Park’s current location can be turned into parking for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Karen Shumate, COO for LMH, and Janice Early, Community Relations Director for LMH, will be on hand to take your questions about LMH parking and other issues.

The PNA meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. on Sat. Sept. 20th, with a brief general business meeting, followed at 11:00 a.m. with the question and answer session with City and LMH officials about the proposed Police HQ and related issues.

Please pass this information on to others who live in the neighborhood!

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Important PNA Meeting on Sat. Aug. 16th – LMH Meeting Room D-North

Our meeting on Saturday will focus on several very important matters for our neighborhood. The most pressing and important is the City’s letter of intent to purchase a large plot of land on McDonald Drive next to the turnpike entrance for a new Police Headquarters. There will be a ballot measure in November to pay for the facility. In addition, the City would like to sell a significant portion of the property not needed for the police facility to reduce the purchase cost. Requests have been submitted by three entities: for the school board would like to use part of the property for a garage/mechanical shop; someone wants to use part of the property to build a family fun park; and Lawrence Memorial Hospital would like to have a ballpark build in the property so it can take over Woody Park for a parking lot. The City’s report includes information about the police facility and proposed use of the property:

We will also continue our discussion about a possible Downtown grocery store in the building formerly occupied by Border Books, and more recently by the Library. There is concern by the group supporting this project that something a different commercial venture is interested in the building. PNA has been asked for our position on supporting the grocery store.

We will also discuss the opening for a part-time PNA coordinator – applications are due August 22nd. See the PNA website for all the information and a copy of the application. (

And finally, we need to decide whether we will hold the Trunk-or-Treat and Food Drive again this year. If so, we need to start getting organized now – the last weekend in October before Halloween is October 25-26.

See you on Saturday!

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Part Time Job Opening – Pinckney Neighborhood Association Coordinator!

pna logoPinckney Neighborhood Association is very excited to be accepting applications for a part-time Coordinator!

Applications are due by August 22, 2014. (A copy of the application is attached below as a pdf file.) Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested.

The successful applicant will gain professional experience in fund-raising, community building, volunteer management and other marketable skills in a friendly cooperative atmosphere.

The hourly wage for the position is grant funded, beginning immediately upon selection until July 31, 2015. (The PNA expects to apply for grant funding for future fiscal years as well, but there can be no guarantees.) The Coordinator’s time commitment is approximately 35 hours per month. Except for scheduled events, the work hours are flexible.

The PNA is an active, nonprofit association of Pinckney neighborhood residents. The Coordinator supports the PNA in all of its organized activities to the extent possible in the hours funded for remuneration.

The primary duties of the Coordinator include attending monthly PNA meetings (3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 am) and assisting with regular PNA activities: scheduling speakers/guests for PNA meetings and other events; the quarterly printed newsletter; the annual spring fundraising effort; maintenance of the PNA website and Facebook group page; and events including an annual picnic and parks clean up.

The PNA is looking for a Coordinator with good written and verbal communication skills; an enjoyment of meeting people and working with them; organizational skills; access to a computer and the Internet; basic familiarity with word processing software, WordPress for the PNA Website, and Facebook; experience in fundraising and/or advertising.

Please submit a brief letter of interest along with the application form, including two (2) references, by no later than August 22, 2014, to one of the following addresses:

By Email:
By Mail: Pinckney Neighborhood Association, PO Box 125, Lawrence, KS 66044

For additional information, please contact Pat Miller at or 785-550-6958. Those interested in applying for the position as well as all Pinckney residents are encouraged to attend the regular PNA monthly meeting at 10 a.m. August 16 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Interviews will be scheduled in early September 2014, with the successful candidate beginning service immediately.

The Pinckney Neighborhood Association Coordinator is an equal opportunity position available to all persons.

PNA 2014 Coordinator Advertisement

PNA 2014 Coordinator Application

August 1, 2014 · pgmiller · One Comment
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Moving Out? Donate or Recycle Unwanted Items!

green-recycling-symbolJuly and August are peak months for moving out of apartments and homes in Lawrence. Moving can create a lot of waste. A little planning and preparation goes a long way toward reducing the amount of waste your move produces. By reducing waste, donating anything reusable, and recycling what you can before choosing to throw something away you will provide many benefits to everyone in the neighborhood. Benefits include reducing blight from litter in your neighborhood and proper disposal of household hazardous waste.

Here’s information from the City of Lawrence to help make it easier to choose to recycle/reuse. The attached PDF flier has many links to helpful websites:

Clothing & Household Items
Goodwill Store (331-3908),
Penn House (842 – 0440),
Planet Aid
St. John’s Rummage House (331 – 2219),
Salvation Army (856-1115),
Social Service League Store (843 – 5414)

Friends of the Lawrence Public Library (843-3833)

Building Materials, Non-upholstered Furniture, Large Appliances
Habitat for Humanity Restore (856-920)

Audio Reader (864-4600),
Best Buy (843-0657),
Doctor Dave (218-9676),
Goodwill (331-3908),
Office Depot (841-6688),
UNI Computers (841-4611)

Paint and Cleaning Supplies
City of Lawrence/DG Co. Household Hazardous Waste Facility (call 832-3030 to schedule an appointment)

Non-perishable Food
homeless shelters, food banks, or soup kitchens

Some larger items may be acceptable for pick-up. Schedule a pick-up by calling Habitat for Humanity Restore (856-6920) or Salvation Army (816-421-5434).

REDUCE the amount of waste generated by using reusable or recyclable padding like towels, cloth napkins, or newspaper to pack your boxes instead of purchasing Styrofoam peanuts or plastic wrap.

BUY/SELL REUSABLE GOODS: Local newspaper listings, thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops, eBay, Amazon, craigslist, freecycle

Find more informatin about the City of Lawrence recycling program here:
or by calling: 785.832.3030

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Annual Pinckney Neighborhood Potluck Picnic & Food Drive

IMG_4057 (800x533)Calling all Pinckney Neighbors: it’s time again for the Annual Pinckney Neighborhood Potluck Picnic!
Saturday June 21st in Clinton Park (5th and Maine Streets) from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Please come and bring your neighbors.
Fun things this year include: Popcorn Machine, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Hula Hoops, and other fun activities and games
Music by the John Lomus & Bill Crahan guitar duo

FOOD DRIVE for Just Food Douglas County:
Please bring donations of nonperishable food items and/or cash contributions for Just Food – a Douglas County based food bank.
Just Food will collect the donated items immediately following the picnic. The kids and families who rely on free and reduced lunch programs during the
school year are in greater need of other forms of food assistance over the summer. Kids and families who rely on food assistance are in great need during
this period. The most needed items include:
● Lunch items for kids such as cereal, canned pastas, peanut butter and jelly
● Other basic food items such as canned fruit and tomato products
● Cash! Every dollar you donate helps distribute vital, nutritious food for hungry people in Douglas County

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Annual Curbside Brush Pick-up – Monday June 2nd


It’s time for another Curbside Bulk Brush clean-up opportunity! To help dispose of your trimmed brush and tree limbs, we have again scheduled a special tour through the neighborhood on June 2nd by the Lawrence Parks Department’s wood chipper / shredder. The city crew will pick-up and process brush and oversize yard debris you leave at the curb. Brush does not need to be bundled, and limbs should have their butt-end facing the street.

This is for brush and limbs only – other yard waste is routinely picked up each Monday and trash is picked up on Tuesdays. The brush and limbs will be chipped up to add to the city’s compost and mulch piles. The city is not able to dispose of railroad ties and other wood fencing materials. Also note that city staff is not allowed to go into private yards to clean up or retrieve the debris.

Although it may take a couple of days for the crew to work its way through the neighborhood, they only plan to make one pass through each street. Please have your brush ready at the curb early on the morning of Monday June 2nd.

If you have questions, please call Pat Miller (785-550-6958) or send an email to

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Street Repairs in Pinckney Neighborhood

City of Lawrence Public Works Project: 2014 Overlay, Patch, and Microsurfacing Program

The City has hired Little Joe’s Asphalt to patch and repairs streets in the Pinckney neighborhood. They will begin milling and patching on Monday, May 5, 2014 on streets generally near 5th/6th & Tennessee St working towards Indiana St. The area generally east of Iowa Street and north of 6th Street encompasses the entire work zone. Traffic impacts include one-lane traffic in most locations with traffic control devices and flaggers. There may be locations that may include partial/full street closures for periods while work is being performed, especially those days that surface treatment work (overlay or microsurfacing) is performed. Streets may be impacted on separate occasions, during the milling and pavement patching and then during the street surface treatment process, for example. The work is anticipated to be completed in August 2014.

You can view the City’s map for additional information:

Questions and concerns can be directed to the City Streets Department at: (785) 832-3021

May 12, 2014 · admin · No Comments
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