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Archive for Thursday, January 21, 1999

COUNTY: EVERYONE SHOULD PAY FOR 911

January 21, 1999

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Douglas County commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday urging the Kansas Legislature to support extending the tax for 911 services to all telephone users.

Currently, the state does not collect the monthly 75-cent tax for cellular, wireless and mobile phones. The Kansas Association of Counties is encouraging counties to lobby the state to support greater tax equity for the services.

About 30 percent of all 911 calls in Douglas County come from cellular, mobile or wireless phones, the emergency communications department says.

Junk cars

discussion tabled

Commissioners tabled discussion about junk cars Wednesday because Walt Spencer, the county resident who has been pushing for stricter regulations on them, could not attend the meeting.

The board planned to take public comment about the county's current enforcement policy on junk cars. County Administrator Craig Weinaug said he would put the issue back on the agenda at a later date.

The current policy exempts demolition derby cars if they still run.

Asbestos removal

bid approved

The county OK'd a $56,432 bid from B&R Insulation of Lenexa on Wednesday for removal of asbestos from the old Lawrence city hospital at 336 Mo.

The building is being razed as part of a $14.1 million project to build a new community health building that will house the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Bert Nash Community Health Center and the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn.

The county also approved hiring Professional Service Industries Inc., 4820 W. 15th, to supervise the removal work and test the asbestos for $22,770.

A 1-cent countywide sales tax approved by voters in 1994 is funding the joint city-county health building project.

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