The Douglas County Commission cut its meeting short Wednesday night by deferring the only item on its regular agenda.
The commission deferred consideration of a contract with Howard Needles Tammen and Bergendoff for preliminary design of a wetlands mitigation area at the northeast corner of the 35th Street and Haskell Avenue intersection.
County Administrator Chris McKenzie said he had questions about the contract that he wanted to discuss with the public works staff and HNTB before the issue was brought to the commission.
"We do have some time to iron out any questions we have about this contract," he said.
The county intends to turn the triangular-shaped, 23.1-acre tract into a wetlands to compensate for the loss of 11.89 acres of the Baker Wetlands to the South Lawrence Trafficway's route on 31st Street between Haskell Avenue and Louisiana Street. The Baker Wetlands is a 573-acre area south of Lawrence that extends to the northern bank of the Wakarusa River.
In other business, the commission:
Reappointed the following people to the Douglas County Fair Board: Sue Booth, Ralph Leonhard, Bo Harris, Leo Wenger, Sue Pine, Gilbert Gilges, Rex Johnson, Paul Johnston, David Metsker and Norman V. Lawrence.
Authorized McKenzie to appoint two or three county staff members to meet with representatives of the city of Lawrence, local utilities and the World Co. to develop recommendations on possible uses of the World Company's Geographic Information System. McKenzie said the idea was "to maximize private participation, financial and otherwise," to see if local entities could use the geographic system.
Approved Jan. 20 minutes, commission orders and a $48.46 tax set-off with Tru-Colors Photo Inc.