With reports that septic system failures are on the rise, county commissioners will consider a list of recommended changes to minimum acreage requirements.
The recommendations are designed to prevent the contamination of water supplies by sewage and to provide adequate space for septic systems to operate properly.
The Environmental Protection Ad-Hoc Technical Committee, appointed in August by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board, developed the recommended minimum acreages.
County commissioners will consider the list and the effects on development that the changes would cause during a study session that will be held as part of the regular Monday meeting. Commissioners will not take action on the issue Monday.
Here is a list of current minimum acreage requirements for residential lots and the recommended changes:
- Individual lots with a public water supply, now one acre, proposed to be three acres; with private wells, now two acres, proposed to be five acres.
- Subdivision lots in the primary growth area with a public water supply, not currently allowed, proposed to be three acres; with private wells, not currently allowed, proposed to be five acres.
- Subdivision lots in the suburban growth area, with a public water supply, now three acres, proposed to be three acres; with private wells, now three acres, proposed to be five acres.
- Subdivision lots in the rural growth area with a public water supply, now two acres, proposed to be three acres; with private wells, now two acres, proposed to be five acres.
- Consider approval of private road request from Merle S. and Janet K. Venable to serve one residence at 123 E. 1900 Rd.
- Consider approval of temporary business permit for an asphalt plant to be operated by Henningsen Construction Co. Inc. at the southwest corner of County Road 438 and E. 800 road.
- Consider approval of a request from Palmyra Township to condemn a drainage easement.
- Consider recommendations to reject proposal for maintenance of mechanical systems in buildings and to not contract for maintenance.
- Consider recommending changes in janitorial service.
- Authorize a township notice for a cereal malt beverage license.
- Consider and authorize application for a mentoring grant to the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
- Consider approval of asphaltic concrete supply vendors for 1997.
- Consider approval of a drug enforcement grant.
- Authorize petitioning the city of Lawrence to create a benefit district for streets and storm sewers at East Hills Business Park.
- Consider reappointing Marion Johnson as Douglas County appraiser.
- Receive information concerning the appraisal for right of way for a project to replace the Wakarusa River bridge on County Road 442.
- Consider gasoline bids for the sheriff and emergency management departments.
- Consider a contract for third-party administrator services with Gallagher Woodsmall and of a benefit enhancements plan.