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Archive for Tuesday, March 9, 1999

LONE STAR LAKE TO GET DESIGN WORK

March 9, 1999

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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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