Commissioners approved $43,164 in payments Wednesday to community colleges outside the area serving students from the county.
A state statute requires the county to pay $24 per credit hour to community colleges serving Douglas County students. That's because the county does not offer its own community college.
Commissioner Dean Nieder praised budget specialist Debbie Sparkes for catching several errors in bills the colleges submitted. She saved the county a lot of money, Nieder said.
The majority of the county's out-of-district tuition bills will go to Johnson County Community College, Independence Community College and Neosho County Community College.
study wins approval
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday approved hiring Larkin & Associates to study possible alignment options for Kasold Drive from the Wakarusa River Bridge to 31st Street.
The county will pay the firm $17,500 for the study.
After commissioners designated Kasold south of 31st Street to the trafficway as a priority project for the county's capital improvement plan, they asked the public works department to select an engineer to develop improvement plans.
Larkin & Associates will develop alignment options and analyze how the 31st Street intersection would be developed. The firm also will include estimates for the improvements.
The estimates will be important, public works director Frank B. Hempen Jr. said, during negotiations with the city about cost sharing.
Firm to be hired
to paint lines on roads
Instead of maintaining an expensive piece of equipment that is used twice a year at most, Douglas County will hire a company to paint lines on roadways, commissioners decided Wednesday evening.
Public works director Frank B. Hempen Jr. said the county could spend $7,000 to $8,000 this year in repairs but would need to replace the truck next year anyway.
He also said he would not advocate buying new line-painting equipment because it's rarely used.
The county agreed to contract out painting of center lines, no-passing lines and edge lines on the county highway system.
Hempen said contracting the project will save time as well as allow county staff to focus on other needs. He estimated the cost would be about $85,000.