Archive for Tuesday, March 9, 1999


March 9, 1999


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

new building

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

new ambulance

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.

Commission cancels

Wednesday meeting

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.

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