The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will cap off a busy day of recognizing county government with a meeting.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets, with a historical overview of Douglas County by Steve Jansen, director of the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum. The county then will recognize eight former commissioners Walter Kampschroeder, Arthur Heck, I.J. Stoneback, Peter Whitenight, Robert Neis, Beverly Bradley, Nancy Hiebert and Warren Rhodes.
After the ceremonies, the commission will consider a new dock for the west side of Lone Star Lake, at an estimated cost of $2,000. The South Lawrence Trafficway's setback issue also will be considered.
The latest trafficway setback proposal on the table was made by Commissioner Mike Amyx on March 23. In his plan, Amyx proposed that only the land needed for the trafficway's right of way and a hiking and biking trail be purchased. The plan maintains a 50-foot setback requirement for green space along the 14.1-mile trafficway, which is current county policy.
HERE IS Wednesday's agenda:
Presentation of a historical overview of the county, by Steve Jansen, director of the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum.
Proclamation to recognize and honor eight former county commissioners.
Consider buying eight portable radios for the Douglas County First Responder squads.
Consider renting a ditching excavator for one month.
Consider funding a request for a dock on the west side of Lone Star Lake. Commissioners viewed the site Monday.
Consider a proposal for the replacement of playground equipment at Broken Arrow Park.
Approve dates for a public hearing to establish a lateral sewer district along the north side of Clinton Parkway from Yankee Tank Dam to Wakarusa Drive.
Consider a report analyzing fuel storage alternatives for county vehicles. On Monday, commissioners received a report on the issue by Stan Zaremba, owner of First Fuel Bank. Zaremba asked the county to consider buying fuel from his company and storing it at his stations instead of the county buying fuel monitoring devices for its own storage tanks.
Commissioners raised questions about whether this alternative would allow competitive bidding. County staff will present its cost study on Zaremba's proposal and the county will withhold contracts for the fuel monitoring devices until Thursday.
Consider the setback issue for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
IN OTHER business at Monday's commission meeting, commissioners:
Approved purchasing a $1,565 check disburser from Standard Register, Overland Park, for the clerk's office.
Approved the following consent agenda items: commission orders and an application to the Kansas Department of Corrections for $23,625 for continued funding of the Intensive Supervised Probation drug treatment program.