Archive for Sunday, September 26, 1999


September 26, 1999


At nearly 100 years old, the Douglas County Courthouse at 11th and Massachusetts streets is showing its age.

During their meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in the courthouse, Douglas County commissioners will be asked to finance a minor facelift for the building's east side.

Commissioners will consider a $16,000 contract with local stonemason Keith Middlemas, who would repair part of the steps and fix the archway above the door.

"There is some really neat architectural detail on this building that is just gradually being weathered away," said Craig Weinaug, county administrator.

The commissioners will consider waiving the county's bidding policies to hire Middlemas; Weinaug said the work requires an uncommon skill.

"This is a craft," Weinaug said. "We want to make sure we know who we are working with."

In other business Monday, the county will consider:

  • establishing time limits on some of its business permits;
  • allowing a gate on North 100 Road west of East 1550 Road;
  • requesting bids for a new road grader;
  • contracting with Justice Benefits Inc., which proposes to help the county get more federal money;
  • and purchasing $234,922 worth of vehicles for the sheriff's department, planning and zoning department and the city of Eudora.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is

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