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May 4, 1999


The person identified as a plumber, who was a spokesman for the plumbing company responsible for the March 26 gas leak on Ninth Street, is not a licensed plumber. Will the codes administrative authorities be investigating whether there were properly licensed personnel performing the plumbing repairs that caused all the trouble?

"The spokesman referred to is an estimator for Kastl Plumbing," said Gene Shaughnessy, the city's chief building inspector. "Licensed plumbers did in fact do the repair work on the gas line that was damaged by an excavation contractor.

"No further investigation is proposed at this time."

Further questions may be directed to Shaughnessy at 832-3100.

When the law enforcement center was built, what did the city of Lawrence pay Douglas County for guaranteed space? Why is Douglas County paying to remodel down there to give the city its guaranteed space? What is the compensation the county received for the guaranteed space?

The city contributed between $600,000 and $700,000 to help build the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th. In exchange, the city was promised 10,000 square feet in the center.

The Douglas County District Court took over the Lawrence Municipal Court space a year ago when the municipal court moved to the Berkeley Tower building, 1006 N.H.

In exchange, the city will be taking over the jury assembly area. Since the municipal court space was finished space and the jury assembly area was not, the county took the responsibility of finishing the space by giving the city $30,000 and paying for heating and cooling improvements.

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