Compost/Woodchip Sale & Curbside Yard Waste Collection

Compost and Woodchip Sale Event – March 19th, 20th, 21st

This spring the City’s Solid Waste Division will hold a Sale Event for compost and woodchips at the city’s Wood Recovery and Composting Facility Thursday through Saturday, March 19th, 20th, 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (the city will load trucks and trailers; $10 per bucket load/two cubic yards).  The sale will be held rain or shine.  Cash only.  Compost and woodchips are not intended for commercial applications but rather for the citizens of Lawrence.

Residential curbside yard waste collection on Mondays

The City’s Solid Waste Division will pick up yard waste on Mondays through mid-December, except on holidays.  Residents may set out yard waste by 6:00 a.m. on Mondays only in cans, city trash or yard waste carts (NO recycling carts), or compostable paper yard waste bags.  Bundles are also accepted (must not exceed 5-feet in length or 18-inches in diameter; must not weigh more than 65-pounds).  Bundles must be tied with durable string or twine (please do not use wire, duct tape, etc.).  For a complete list of yard waste collection guidelines, please visit


March 18, 2015 · pgmiller · No Comments
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City’s Compost Facility is now OPEN!

compostThe City’s Wood Recovery and Compost Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street, which is east of 11th and Haskell Avenue, over the railroad tracks will be open to the public on Saturdays, now through mid-December, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the following:


  • Residents may drop off brush and other yard waste which includes leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, and prunings from trees and shrubs.  Cost: $5 per pickup truck load (more for larger trucks).  Cash only.
  • Residents may purchase compost or woodchips.  Self-load only, bring a shovel.  Cost: $10 per pickup truck load (more for larger trucks).  Cash only.

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KDOT Open House Set to Discuss West Leg of K-10 Improvements

You’re invited to join the Kansas Department of Transportation to learn more about the K-10 West Leg South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT) Concept Study and provide input on preliminary improvement options. The public information open house will be held on Tuesday, March 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Southwest Middle School, 2511 Inverness Drive. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during this meeting to speak with the study team. There will be no formal presentation.

The concept study will assess existing and future traffic and safety needs on this section of K-10 and identify a preferred 4-lane access controlled freeway concept that provides a safe and reliable solution.

The purpose of this study is to:
-Provide a corridor solution that is safe and meets demand and driver expectations.
-Evaluate interchange and intersection locations through the corridor to provide safe and efficient access with consideration for the local street network.
-Re-evaluate the environmental impacts associated with the preferred alternative.

If you have questions or need special assistance at the open house please contact Kelsey Heavin at 816-527-2468 or

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Help Develop the Community’s Priorities for Walking

Public involvement and input are essential to the success of the of the *Regional Pedestrian Plan.* As a result, the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in coordination with the City of Lawrence, City of Eudora, and City of Baldwin City has launched an online survey. A link to the survey is available on the MPO webpage at now through April 25. Public participation in the survey will help the study team better define priorities in the region.

In addition, the MPO staff will be present at the following community events to collect input from the public:
-Wednesday, March 25 before and after the Safe Routes for All Town Hall from 6:30 -9:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts St.) in Lawrence.
-Saturday, March 28 at the Eudora Health & Bicycle Fair from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Eudora Police & Fire Station (840 Main St.) in Eudora.
-Saturday, April 18 at the Baldwin City Community Wellness Festival from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Collins Sports & Convention Center (524 6th St.) in Baldwin City.

The input collected will be blended with the sidewalk and ADA ramp inventories to draft new or revised policies, programs and projects designed to make Douglas County more Pedestrian/Walk Friendly with consideration to the 5 E’s (Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation). The plan will identify action steps for
Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City to continue integrating pedestrian planning into community and transportation planning processes.

For more information, visit the project web page at
You can also contact Jessica Mortinger, Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 and

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KU Big Event – April 18, 2015 – sign-up info

KU Big Event 2015 logoWant to be a job site for The Big Event 2015?

The BIG EVENT is the largest single day of community service and volunteer activism at the University of Kansas. The Big Event connects the KU campus with the Lawrence community by recruiting thousands of student, staff and faculty volunteers to work at hundreds of local job sites during one day of service.

The Big Event will be held
Saturday, April 18, 2015

There are no requirements for signing up, no need based considerations – we just ask that you are within Lawrence city limits

Sign up online at

Please contact us if you have any questions:
(785) 864-7469 or

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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.

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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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