The Flame - July 2012

In this issue:

  • Summertime is Peak Season for Moving Out
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are You a Good Neighbor?
  • Lawrence Named a 'Bicycle Friendly' community
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Summertime is Peak Season for Moving Out

Consider Options for Reducing, Recycling or Donating Items

July 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. Here are a few helpful tips:

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.

DONATE gently used clothing and household goods to local charities or hold a moving sale. Books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, cassettes and records can be donated to the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library anytime the library is open - items can be deposited in the bins near the checkout desk. Donate non-perishable food to local food banks, pantries, and shelters.

RECYCLE obsolete electronic equipment at retail locations that offer electronic recycling services. Visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org for detailed information on these recycling services. Recycle cardboard boxes, newspapers, plastic bags and beverage containers at various drop-off recycling locations - visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org for the location nearest you.

PROPERLY DISPOSE of paint, automotive products, household cleaners, pesticides and other potentially hazardous chemicals at the City of Lawrence/ Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Call the city's Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at (785) 832-3030 to schedule a drop-off appointment.

SCHEDULE A PICK-UP for bulky items no longer usable, such as couches, appliances, and automobile tires by calling the city's Solid Waste Division at (785) 832-3032.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I want to report a code violation. How can I do that?

A: The city offers an online code violation system. You can fi ll out a form online at www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_violation. The city now offers the most frequently used forms in a mobile format for your convenience. Visit www. lawrenceks.org/mobile to use our mobile forms.

Q: What is the ordinance about leaving your trash out seven days a week?

A: The city's Environmental Code regulates when a person can and cannot put out trash for weekly pick-up. Placing trash/trash receptacles prior to 24 hours of the collection day and failure to remove trash receptacles within 24 hours of the collection day are violations of the code. To fi le a complaint, contact the Code Enforcement Division at (785) 832-7700 or fi le a complaint online at www. lawrenceks.org/pds/code_violation.

Are You a Good Neighbor?

Whether you're new to Lawrence or lived here your entire life, the city offers residents a few tips for keeping Lawrence a great place to live, work and play. For a detailed listing of city services, visit www. lawrenceks.org/pdf/streetscape.pdf.

GOOD NEIGHBOR ORDINANCES:

Good habits make good neighbors. Familiarize yourself with Lawrence's good neighbor ordinances:

Roommates - No more than three unrelated persons can reside in one housing unit in a neighborhood zoned single family.

Noise - Music should not be heard outside of your house. It is illegal to play music from a vehicle that can be heard from 50-feet away.

Parking - Do not park on lawns or sidewalks. Vehicles parked on streets must be moved every 48 hours.

Pets - Animals should not disturb the peace. Animals should be under owner's supervision and on a leash when off their owner's property to prevent creating a hazard or disturbance to people, animals and property. On both public and private property, you are responsible for removing your pet's excrement.

dog walker

Lawrence has two off-leash dog parks: Mutt Run is located at 1330 East 902, below the Clinton Lake dam. The facility includes drinking fountains, water for dogs, and rest rooms. Paths are mowed through fi elds and along wooded areas. The other dog park is located at Riverfront Park, at the intersection of North Second St. and Highways 24 and 40.

Bikes - Never park your bike where it can get in another person's way. If you park in an alley, make sure it doesn't block stairs or doors. It is illegal to lock your bike to a tree, fi re hydrant, street sign, stop sign or streetlight. A parking meter is acceptable unless it is in front of a handicapped parking spot.

Obey the rules of the road: follow the rules of the road and obey all traffi c laws. Bicyclists are subject to all the same duties that are applicable to drivers. Always use hand signals to draw the driver's attention.

Lawrence Named a 'Bicycle Friendly' community

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The City of Lawrence has once-again been honored as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists. The city fi rst received this designation in 2004 and is one of only 214 cities in the U.S. designated as Bicycle Friendly Communities. The designation is given to communities based on proven efforts to evaluate and recognize investments in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and bicyclesupportive policies.

This recognition highlights the city's efforts to increase bicycling through the completion of the Burroughs Creek Trail, a new bike rideability map and efforts to create policies that utilize the Complete Streets framework. The Lawrence-Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee and staff's collaborative efforts with the Lawrence Central Rotary Club, Safe Kids Douglas County, the Tour of Lawrence and the Lawrence Mountain Bicycle Club were also featured as part of the application process.

By the numbers, Lawrence has seven miles of bike lanes, three miles of sharedlane markings (sharrows), 39 miles of signed bike routes, and 28 miles of paved shared use paths. Three Kansas communities have received the Bicycle Friendly designation: Lawrence, Manhattan and Shawnee.

Outdoor Downtown Sculptures

Have you taken a stroll downtown to check out the newest Outdoor Downtown Sculptures?

Visit our website at www.lawrenceartscommission.org to see the latest additions to this annual tradition and visit the artwork in person with a mobile-phone guided walking tour.