The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday concurred with a selection committee's choice of a Chicago-based consulting firm for the Horizon 2020 planning process.
The commission approved the firm of Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne to assist with the development of Horizon 2020, which will define the city's and county's land-use policies and development through the next 25 years. The Lawrence City Commission will consider selection of the firm at its Tuesday meeting.
Price Banks, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, said the consultants would cost from $100,000 to $115,000 over the next three years. The county approved $8,000 in both its 1991 and 1992 budgets for the consultants, while the city has budgeted $25,000 in each of those years for the same purpose.
The county's action only approved the selection of the firm. A contract between the firm and the city and county will be finalized at a later date.
The joint planning venture marks the first of its kind, said County Administrator Chris McKenzie, who was one of the members of the committee that made the recommendation. He said the committee unanimously considered Trkla, Pettigrew as the top choice among the finalists. McKenzie said he was especially impressed by how the firm would work with the public to establish a ``community dialogue'' for the project.
Banks said the firm would station people in Lawrence and Douglas County. The firm's initial duties will be data collection and facilitating town meetings. Banks said the planning office also would provide data it has collected to the firm.
In other business Wednesday, the commission:
Approved a gift of a piano for Building 21 of the 4-H Fairgrounds from the Round-Up for Hunger Committee of the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bill Hundley, representing the Kansas East Conference, said the piano would be used by the group at its meeting next November at the fairgrounds. He added that the group would like the public to enjoy the piano throughout the year while attending events at the fairgrounds.
Commissioner Mike Amyx told Hundley, "It's an awful nice gift. It will add to the programs at the fairgrounds."
Appointed Jesse Newman, Janis Bunker and Jan Pennington to the Douglas County Senior Services Board. Reappointed Betty Mason, Thirza Reed and Bob Bowline to the same board.
Approved a $400 request from the Ecumenical Fellowship for the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program.
Changed the date of the meeting with the Valley View Care Home board of trustees to discuss the home's market feasibility study from Dec. 5 to Dec. 10. The tentative starting time of the meeting is 6:30 p.m.
Approved Nov. 13 minutes, commission orders, accounts payable and fee reports.