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County commissioners to review pact to keep SRS offices in Lawrence

October 3, 2011

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Douglas County commissioners will consider signing off Wednesday on an agreement to spend $225,000 to keep the Lawrence office of Social and Rehabilitation Services open.

The agreement — brokered in recent months by commissioners — also awaits approval from the Lawrence City Commission, set to consider the pact as part of their meeting at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

County commissioners will be expected to do their part Wednesday, during their 4 p.m. meeting at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

Leaders for both the city and county responded by working out a deal to keep the office open, despite moves by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration to close the Lawrence office and others to save money.

Also up for approval Wednesday afternoon:

• An agreement to assume Eudora Township’s financial responsibilities for the Hesper Charter Road Improvement District.

• An amendment to the Southeast Area Plan to reflect the Preliminary Alignment Study for 31st Street.

• A $272,143 purchase, from Zoll Medical Corp., for 11 heart monitors and 11 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use by Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical.

Commissioners also will hear an appeal from KC Presort regarding a mailing services contract.

Comments

JayhawkFan1985 3 years, 2 months ago

Given the tax receipts collected by the State of Kansas that far exceeded projections and that this has occurred month after month, I think the city and county should rethink this decision. The State of Kansas has enough state tax receipts to cover state office operations. Unless all cities and counties with SRS offices are asked to chip in, this is a ridiculous policy decision.

It is part of the Republic Cultural Revolution intended to "starve" government to death in order to give tax relief to billionaires at the expense of the middle class and working class. It is a great leap backward and Kansans everywhere should stand up against Governor Brownback and his "do nothing" political agenda.

kansasredlegs 3 years, 2 months ago

"Brokered"? That connotates that there were negotiations and the local taxpayer knows that no negotiations were done since taxpayer is on the hook for full lease price without any attempt to get a lower rent fee. Great Job looking out for "our" money commissioners!!! Keep it up and you'll get another term in this tax and spend city and county.

Scott Morgan 3 years, 2 months ago

Good Golly Miss Molly Jayhawk..........All wealthy people are not evil. You must think.......

billionaires, all 8 of them in Kansas. Yes Jayhawk all 8 billionaires in Kansas gathered near Clinton Lake Sept. 30th and discussed how they could rob pennies from hardworking children.

They sat on a truck tailgate and a few Wal-Mart lawn chairs. They had 4 diet cokes and the others simply had bottled water. Then they debated how to rob Kansan citizens, Kansas one of the smallest population states in the U.S. yet you must think........ I really have no idea how folks like you think.

Do you realize how ignorant anti business sounds? Not the added sarcasm, the idea of wealthy people trying to beat down the working class.

Lawrence of all places should wish a billionaire decided to grace us with opening a manufacturing plant for instance.

This city is so tax payer paid job heavy it’s insane. Wrong you say, think about KU being shut down. What would Lawrence look like then? Not out of the realm of possibilty either, states have shut down colleges before. KU aint doing so hot lately if you actually read the news. K-State mi amigo is doing great.

Businessmen/women are in business to make money and grow. Good people even billionaires have good intentions for the folks who work for them.

Do some reading about Henry Ford and others before the unions began dictating how things were done. Ford was more than a good place to work. Before unions and after.

JayhawkFan1985 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't think the billionaires in this country are trying to beat down the rest of us 99% of Americans. I think it is just two Koch Brothers, the Kansas Policy Institute and a few others, including Fox News.

I'm not anti-business, but I am pro-Kansan and pro-American. And regardless of what five Supreme Court Justices said, a corporation is NOT a person.

Henry Ford at least figured out that nobody could afford to buy his cars unless he paid his employees a fair wage. He is not a robber baron. The Koch Brothers are.

So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 2 months ago

Leave it to you to leave out the cost of the 11 heart monitors... Or did they get those for free?

So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 2 months ago

If I need a shock, I hope I get it from a quality AED, not one from the discount rack.

Oh and did the article say 11 AED's with heart monitors, no it did not. Do you think that there are heart monitors that exsist outside of an AED? Yes.

So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, this coming from the guy who is whining that the county is overpaying for AED's with super flawed math... No thanks...

So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 2 months ago

Didn't help one bit.

11 AED's plus 11 absolutely not connected heart monitors for $272,143 does not equal $24,740 per AED.

But whatever...

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