The Douglas County Commission today approved a five-year contract for the concession stand operator at Lone Star Lake, but keep studying the issue of alcohol consumption at the Lake.
Stuart Doores was granted the five-year contract he was seeking by a 2-1 vote. Commission Chairman Louie McElhaney voted against the contract because he favored a shorter term. The contract's renewal is contingent on Doores sending the commission a formal reminder with one year to go.
The use of alcohol at the lake was discussed by the commission, Sheriff Loren Anderson and Doores. Anderson listed the problems he has with enforcing drinking laws at the lake. Doores said he loses some business because he cannot sell beer.
The commission decided to see how other lakes in the county and area handle alcohol use. The item will be discussed at next Monday's meeting.
The commission also scheduled discussion for Monday on the Douglas County Natural Areas program. The issue is whether the county should vote on the program, in which the county becomes partners with the non-profit Kansas Land Trust to buy certain properties in the county for protection. Petitions calling for such a vote collected 1,530 valid signatures, 108 fewer than needed to force a vote.
But the commissioners, if they think there is enough public interest in the issue, could still call for a public vote on the program.
In other business, the commission:
Approved a proposal for a pilot program for electronic payroll deposits at the option of county employees. The program will cost about $2,000 to implement, but should be recouped in savings from not printing checks and not having to do as much reconciliation.
Approved a revision of position classification descriptions for various county jobs.
Approved the following consent agenda items: commission orders and to advertise for various traffic signs.
Recognized participants in the county's supervisory training program.