The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will take another step toward providing more wetlands along the South Lawrence Trafficway.
The commission will consider a contract amendment with Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff to design a wetlands mitigation area at the northeast corner of the intersection of 35th and Haskell. The county bought about 23 acres at the site last February for $24,500.
The county intends to convert the triangular-shaped tract into a wetlands to compensate for the loss of 11.89 acres of the Baker Wetlands to the trafficway on 31st between Haskell and Louisiana. The Baker Wetlands is a 573-acre area south of Lawrence that extends to the Wakarusa River.
HNTB, an Overland Park engineering consultant firm, has designed sections of the trafficway for the county. County Administrator Chris McKenzie said the company would provide a detailed design for the wetlands mitigation system.
DURING AN election in 1990 on whether the county should spend $4 million on construction of the trafficway, some local environmentalists said they were skeptical of the mitigation plan because it can be difficult to convert a field into a wetlands. The bond issue passed.
Here is Wednesday's agenda:
Consider Jan. 20 minutes.
Consider commission orders.
Consider a contract amendment with Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff for preliminary design of a wetland mitigation area along the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Consider accounts payable and appointments; receive comment from the commission, county administrator and the public.
DURING ITS meeting Monday, the commission:
Approved a one-year renewal of a temporary business use permit for Gary D. Unfred for recycling tires. Unfred recycles tires at an old quarry off Douglas County Road 438, northwest of Lawrence. The commission also agreed to Unfred's request to increase his storage capacity from 250 tires to 1,000 tires, the same limit the state grants to tire stores.
Unfred said he recycles tires daily, and often brings in 200 tires a day. He said the increased capacity would give him "breathing room" if his recycling machine breaks down while he continues to receive tires.
Appointed Vicki Louvier to the Douglas County Senior Services board.
Approved a notice to the Clinton Township board of the application for a cereal malt beverage license by Mark Retonde doing business as Clinton Marina.
Approved the following consent agenda items: commission orders; the donation of two heart monitors no longer used by Douglas County Ambulance Service to Dr. Gail Walters for work in Honduras; and a request to advertise for personal computers and to solicit quotations for typewriter maintenance.