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Archive for Thursday, January 7, 1999

COUNTY MAY OPEN OFFICE IN BALDWIN

January 7, 1999

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A Douglas County satellite office may be in Baldwin's future.

County Administrator Craig Weinaug envisions a place where people could pick up their license plates, possibly pay personal property taxes and conduct other county business.

But the plan is in its infancy stages, and nothing is certain.

"The basic concept is to use a city of Baldwin employee and help pay for that person's salary," Weinaug said Wednesday. "The benefit for Baldwin residents obviously would be that they wouldn't have to drive all the way to Lawrence."

Weinaug has looked into how much a satellite office would cost but doesn't have the answers yet, particularly about computer setup. A decision on whether to open such a site would be contingent on costs, the county administrator said.

Baldwin city administrator Larry Paine "and I think it's a good idea as long as the costs aren't too high," Weinaug said.

Paine said he agrees with Weinaug that it would be a good service to Baldwin residents.

"It was Craig's idea to do it. He and I had a conversation about it a few months ago. He said, `Larry, let me plant an idea in your mind.' It's still what you would call at the first level of planning. It's not gone a long way yet. We've got some technology issues that have to be overcome, and we have to identify where and what services we could do down here and make sure we have enough staffing to do those things."

-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is dgruver@ljworld.com.

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