The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday heard four more budget requests, this time totaling $676,484.
The largest dollar and percentage increase was requested by the Economic Development Marketing Program, run by the Lawrence-Douglas County Development Advisory Council. The council asked the county for $60,000, a 20 percent increase over last year's approved $50,000.
The increase would help finance three new projects, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce president Gary Toebben said. The projects listed by Toebben covered small business development, faculty entrepreneurship in which Kansas University faculty are assisted to create new small businesses and a reprinting of the Chamber's "Smart Move" brochure that promotes Lawrence and Douglas County.
The Economic Development Marketing Program also will seek $60,000 from the city of Lawrence and $65,000 from the chamber for a total budget of $185,000.
Other budget requests presented to the commission were the Douglas County Council on Aging, which requested $272,334, a 2 percent increase from its 1992 approved budget; Cottonwood Inc., which asked for a 1.3 percent increase to $236,900; and Independence Inc., which asked for $107,250, the same amount the county approved for the agency last year.
DURING OTHER business Wednesday, commissioners:
Approved a site plan for a Urea Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer distribution terminal for Farmland Industries on about three acres east of the FMC plant.
To accommodate increased truck traffic, Farmland agreed to improve the pavement of Township Road 1600E from the Union Pacific railroad tracks to U.S. Highway 24-40 at a maximum cost of $20,000. Grant Township will do patching repairs on the road at a maximum cost of $5,000. Farmland will then pay for any additional patching costs at a limit of $5,000.
Approved replacing five public works' pickups and a survey vehicle. The five pickups range in model year from 1983 to 1985 and each have accumulated from 96,000 miles to 154,000 miles. Public works director Frank Hempen estimated the combined cost to replace the vehicles from $71,000 to $74,000, which will be paid from equipment funds from the noxious weed fund, the special bridge fund and the road and bridge fund.
The survey vehicle, a 1983 Suburban, has been driven 100,000 miles. Hempen estimated the cost to replace the vehicle from $21,000 to $23,000, which also will be paid out of an equipment reserve fund.
All six vehicles will get new radios at an estimated cost of $9,000. Commissioners did ask Hempen to be flexible in writing his bid specifications so purchasing used vehicles could be considered.
Approved the following consent agenda items: commission orders; a right of way acquisition to repair the Baldwin Hill slide area on County Road 1055; and to accept bids for bituminous hot mix asphalt.
Approved June 8 minutes and accounts payable.