The Douglas County commission unanimously approved the 1992 community corrections plan of $469,546 during its regular meeting today.
The plan, which represents a 5.4 percent increase from its 1991 budget, will be submitted to the Department of Corrections. The department then considers the county plan in its overall budget request, which will be submitted to the Kansas Legislature.
Mark Matese, director of community corrections, presented the plan to county commissioners. He said the plan provided for the equivalent of 2 new full-time positions.
Matese outlined the problems his department had in developing the 1992 plan. Primary among those were changes the Douglas County staff made in the structure of its plan to make it conform to those submitted by other counties.
COMMISSIONERS AND county administrator Chris McKenzie weren't pleased about the budgeting change, which Matese had said made accounting for administrative costs more difficult.
"It's unfortunate," McKenzie said.
Matese also informed commissioners that the appeal of the 1991 budget was heard by the State Community Corrections Board on Wednesday. A decision on the appeal will take at least 45 days, he said.
The commission also approved a utility agreement with Williams Natural Gas Co. to move a 2-inch natural gas pipline to allow for construction work on Douglas County Road 1045 (Wellman Road) near the Jefferson County line.
Total cost of the project is $5,377. The maximum amount the county will pay is $4,522.
IN OTHER commission business, commissioners:
Approved bid recommendation for bituminous sealing for the public works department.
Went into a closed-door session for 10 minutes with the county counselor to discuss litigation that's pending or threatened against the county.
Approved contracts for right of way purchases on 31st Street between Kasold Drive and Iowa Street. Waterline construction should begin Aug. 13.
Approved purchase of an additional mapping computer for the appraiser's office.
Approved conducting a joint meeting with the city commission at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9 to discuss the circumferential traffic loop around Lawrence. County business that would be considered during the regular Wednesday night meeting will be heard during the city-county meeting so county commissioners can attend the Douglas County Free Fair that night.
Approved the sale of 2.3 acres of county-owned land at Lone Star Lake to Neil Mecaskey for $15,000.
Approved the draft of a letter from the commission to U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., regarding discussion in Congress about the possibility of repealing the state and local income tax deduction to reduce the federal deficit. McKenzie noted that Lawrence does not have a local income tax, but this measure might include the deduction for property taxes. The letter asks Slattery to look at reductions in federal spending instead of repealing the tax deductions.