Archive for Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Meeting is last for 2 commissioners

January 7, 2009


It’s likely to be one last spirited discussion for the Douglas County Commission of Bob Johnson, Charles Jones and Jere McElhaney.

At the 6:35 p.m. meeting today at the County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., commissioners will consider whether to amend the county’s long-range planning document to include a proposed development plan northwest of Lawrence.

Johnson and McElhaney wanted to be able to vote on the area plan before they left office, but Jones had expressed concern about bringing the controversial plan forward so quickly. The City Commission approved the area plan 4-1 in December.

The development group wants to develop nearly 155 acres along the Farmer’s Turnpike northwest of Lawrence, and it includes industrial park development. Neighbors have opposed portions of the plan.

Johnson and McElhaney, both Republicans who did not seek re-election, will be replaced Monday by Republican Jim Flory and Democrat Nancy Thellman.

Jones, a Democrat, has two years left on his current term.


Michael Capra 9 years, 1 month ago

Jones wants to kill everything that comes before him.It must be that little guy syndrome

somebodynew 9 years, 1 month ago

Well, 458, is it that, or is it the other two in the back pocket of the development group that is trying to push this thing through without following normal procedures ??Why is it neccessary to do this when these two are leaving?? This is their last meeting and this plan has not been through the regular timeline as other projects. Why NOT wait until the commissioner who are going to be serving for the next few years come in?? Let them study it and vote on in, they are the ones who will have to live with the outcome - they should have the votes.Maybe I am a conspiracy theorist, but something sure doesn't seem right about this. These two are pushing very hard, and I can't see any real viable reason why.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 1 month ago

Now Lawrence has a Schwada and their legal staff sitting in the new Chamber of Commerce.First Management has it's legal counsel sitting in the new Chamber also.This development special interest influence needs to be a substantial portion of discussion in the upcoming city commission campaign as well. All of those neighbors out there are important people because they bought out there because of what is was and would not have located there if sprawling new warehouses had been on the table. The new warehouses should be moved many miles from that location more like next door to casual 458. Lawrence cannot afford the need to maintain new infrastructure.Jones has far from killed everything during his tenure.

hawkergirl 9 years, 1 month ago

Okay - "circumstances change all the time", but the issue here is the SPEED of which this is happening. Politics are definitely at play here! If anyone attends this meeting tonight, please watch the protest to follow.

Michael Capra 9 years, 1 month ago

merril some will beat you to a pulp and take the 100 dollar fine get ready fruit cake

BigPrune 9 years, 1 month ago

It's too bad the progressives ran everyone off and the only ones left standing are the big boys and major corporations that can absorb the cost of all the government red tape b.s.

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