The Douglas County Commission Monday approved an agreement with George Butler Associates to do the engineering work on the Lone Star Lake spillway.
The firm did a full plan and design for the spillway in 1990, but the county never acted on the plan.
The spillway has since deteriorated further, meaning the 10-year-old plan needs to be updated.
The firm has agreed to do that for $33,500, which will be taken from the public works department's special highway fund.
Fairgrounds to get
The county will be asking for proposals to build a new maintenance shop at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
The current shop building is small and has deteriorated over the years, said Bill Bell, county director of buildings and grounds.
The new shop will have a garage, office and storage area, as well as a bathroom with a shower, Bell said.
Bell said he has been trying to get a new maintenance shop built for 10 years.
Commissioners already have set aside $90,000 for the building as part of the county's capital improvements program.
County to purchase
Commissioners on Monday approved spending $133,493 on a new ambulance.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical would like to retire a 1991 ambulance, for which the chosen company, Amtech Emergency Products of Rock Rapids, Iowa, will allow $3,500 in trade-in value.
Commission Chairman Dean Nieder said he wants to wait before approving the trade-in value, which seemed low to him.
The county commission will not meet Wednesday because Commissioner Tom Taul will be absent.
Taul is a veterinarian, who works at livestock sales in Manhattan. Taul said the job causes him to miss eight Wednesday meetings each year.