Plans for a public concert near Eudora will be heard Wednesday by the Douglas County Commission, which will consider issuing a temporary business permit for the event.
The commission will consider the request of Reed C. Brinton, Lawrence, to hold the Free State Music Festival, scheduled from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 9 on property owned by Darrell R. Long. The site is east of Eudora off County Road 2300E.
In a letter to the county, Brinton outlined the steps he has taken for safety, sanitation, cleanup, insurance and notification of property owners within a 1,000-square-foot radius of the concert. The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence will handle the postconcert cleanup in exchange for a donation of the proceeds.
Last August, the commission denied a temporary business use permit to a different promoter for a similar concert between Lawrence and Eudora along the Kansas River. The commission cited concerns about traffic and trash for denying the permit. Also, that promoter waited until the week of the show before trying to secure the necessary permit.
HERE IS Wednesday's agenda:
Consider Jan. 27 minutes.
Consider commission orders.
Consider the purchase of a temporary easement for a grading project on County Road 1023 north of Big Springs and west of Lecompton.
Consider a resolution concerning the reapportionment of commissioners' districts.
Consider a temporary business permit for a May 9 musical festival in Eudora Township. Submitted by Reed C. Brinton.
Consider accounts payable and appointments; receive miscellaneous comment from the commission, county administrator and the public.
IN OTHER business during its meeting Monday, the commission:
Approved a resolution endorsing a Kansas Senate bill that would change the general investment authority of local governments. If the bill is passed, County Treasurer Nancy Hempen said the county would participate in the "municipal public funds investment pool" that would be handled by the state treasurer's office. She said the county would invest funds in the pool only after local financial institutions did not want to accept county deposits.
Deferred a resolution concerning reimbursement rates for county employees who use their private vehicles for county business. The commission will study rental car rates for use by certain appraisers' office employees before reaching a decision.
Approved a tie-breaking provision for bids, as follows: If a tie for low bids occurs between faxed bids, the bid submitted earliest will be awarded the contract. If a tie for low bid occurs between a faxed and mailed or hand-delivered bid, the earlier bid received as established by the facsimilie date and the county clerk's date and time stamp will be awarded the contract. And, if a tie for low bid occurs between two mailed or hand-delivered bids, the earlier of bids received as established by the county clerk's date and time stamp will be awarded the contract.
Approved a request by Baldwin City Administrator Rick Shain to allow the county jail to house people arrested on bench warrants as ordered by the new municipal judge in Baldwin. Shain estimates that three or four people a month will be housed at the jail. The county will charge Baldwin $17.64 per prisoner per day, the same rate it charges the city of Lawrence to house prisoners.
Approved Jan. 22 minutes and commission orders.