Eight Douglas County employees were honored at Wednesday night's county commission meeting for saving the life of a man who fell through the ice at Clinton Lake last week.
The employees, Bill Nye, Bill Newell, Wayne Brown, Ivan Flory, Bob Steele, Dave Leuty, Larry Wilson and Dale Mooney, were involved in the rescue of Robert G. Buckler Jr., 35, North Platte, Neb., near the Rock Creek Bridge at the lake. Buckler and his father, Robert G. Buckler, Sr., 64, Kansas City, Kan., had fallen into the lake while ice fishing on Feb. 5. The elder Buckler died in the accident.
The employees, who work for the county's public works department, were recognized with a resolution which noted that their efforts in the rescue included performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, working on unstable ice and evacuating one of the men over terrain made difficult by deep mud.
FRANK Hempen, public works director, presented each employee with a framed copy of the resolution.
Members of the Buckler family also were present. Robert Buckler Jr. told his rescuers, "I'd like to thank each and every one of you guys for your efforts and heroism on that day. I appreciate it and my family sure appreciates it."
While handing out thank you cards to each worker he added, "I want to shake every one of your hands on the way back because you guys are really some great men."
In other business, the commission:
Approved continuing its membership in the Kansas Association of Counties in 1991. The commission debated staying in the KAC, a lobbying organization, because it increased the county's dues $1,400, to $7,929. The increase was based on the county's population and assessed valuation.
THE COMMISSION decided it would write the KAC and request its bylaws be changed so that a county's vote also would be based on its dues instead of the "one county, one vote" presently used.
County Administrator Chris McKenzie said the county should consider forming a coalition with other populous counties in lobbying the KAC to change its bylaws.
"I'll tell you now, if there aren't changes in it, I'll be the first to make a motion next year that we no longer participate in the organization," said Commissioner Mike Amyx.
Approved the cost the public will reimburse the county for chemicals used in noxious weed control at 75 percent of the county's cost and set a 90 cents per gallon fee for storage and handling of these chemicals.
Was informed by McKenzie that the state Advisory Commission on Juvenile Offender Programs had agreed to expand the number of counties that would use a proposed juvenile detention facility in Douglas County.
THE COUNTIES added to the region are Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, Nemaha, Morris and Marshall. McKenzie noted that Chase County had conditionally agreed to join the region, based on their cost to participate.
On March 8, the state advisory commission will meet to discuss contracts for the facilities and the status of the projects. McKenzie suggested that Douglas, Crawford, Finney and Trego counties, which have been designated as facility sites, meet beforehand to discuss how each county wants to develop its facility. He added that it may be necessary for a consultant to pull the projects together, although each facility is independent of the others.
Approved acquisition of right of way for a bridge on Township Road 2100E, 0.2 of a mile north of County Road 460, about 5.5 miles south of Eudora. The acquistion will cost $598.32 and will be paid to Lillian Speicher, Denver, who owns the property.
APPROVED an agreement for bridge replacement on the Johnson-Douglas county line, with the county paying $6,379.54 for the project.
Received the 1991 Unified Work Program for the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office. The program describes the short- and long-range transportation planning activities for the planning office. These activities are jointly funded by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the city and the county.
Received the 1991 Planning Scope of Services which budgets the annual Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office allotment from the Federal Highway Administration to the individual program components outlined in the 1991 Unified Work Program.
Received the 1991-1996 Transportation Improvement Program. This document is developed in conjunction with the Unified Work Program and is a requisite to federal funding of the Transportation Planning Program. The TIP consists of a capital improvements plan for the state, county and city transportation projects within the Lawrence urbanized area.
Approved Feb. 11 minutes, commission orders and accounts payable.