Archive for Sunday, September 28, 1997


September 28, 1997


Douglas County Commissioners will discuss whether the zoning and codes division should be left within the county's public works department.

Frank Hempen, director of public works, said he had been contemplating some reorganization in his department when county commissioners asked his opinion on where the zoning office should be located.

"The office functions very well where it is, and it could function just as well elsewhere," he said. "We'll do whatever the board wants us to do."

The zoning office has been located at public works because of it uses many of the land documents stored in the department.

Monday's discussion will serve to inform the commissioners, and no final action is expected.

county background

Douglas County Commission background for Sept. 29, 1997

Commissioners were set to discuss changes to the private road and junk car sections of the county zoning code at their Sept. 22 meeting when the idea of moving the county zoning and codes division out of public works arose.

The division manager would have been presenting the information to commissioners on the changes but was not available. The manager, Wayne Kellum, had retired Sept. 19, and a new manager had not yet been found.

"I'm not real interested in working on these enforcement policies right now," said Commissioner Dean Nieder. "I would like to wait until we get a zoning director."

Hempen said he had thoughts on reorganization and could present better ideas and answer questions at the next meeting.

Other business

Douglas County Commission other business for Sept. 29, 1997

  • Consider approval of a request to solicit bids and advertise for unleaded gasoline for the sheriff's office.
  • Consider approval of a request to waive the purchasing policy for advertisement of formal bids for the Douglas County Jail. This will be a rebid of a previously bid package.
  • Consider approval of a waiver of personnel policy with respect to allocation of 1997 merit awards for community corrections staff.
  • Go into executive session to review and discuss litigations.

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