Archive for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

County commissioners to revisit plans for recruiting retirees to area

October 23, 2012


Douglas County commissioners will take another look at plans for recruiting retirees to live in the area when the commission meets this afternoon.

In May, a joint city-county task force issued a report that called for creating a new position, either within county government or the city of Lawrence, that would be responsible for coordinating efforts to market the Lawrence-Douglas County community as an attractive place for retirees to live. The report also called for developing and funding a marketing campaign aimed at seniors and establishing an advisory board to study senior issues and develop ways to enhance Lawrence’s reputation as a retirement community.

But some officials now want to revisit the idea of creating a new position and establishing a new board.

County Administrator Craig Weinaug said the commission will consider an alternative proposal to assign those jobs to Douglas County Senior Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to area seniors.

In other business, the commission will:

• Consider technical amendments to a recently adopted resolution on towing.

• Consider approval of an amended Emergency Communications Radio Project in the amount of $70,000.

• Consider appointments to various boards and commissions.

The commission meets at 4 p.m. today in the County Commission chambers of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts.


Cindy Wallace 5 years, 7 months ago

Better think about some tax incentives.
Retiree's on fixed income cannot afford either sales tax or property taxes in this county.

501gdm2 5 years, 7 months ago

cic1298 is correct! I am retired in Douglas county, and If my wife would relocate, I would be gone due to property tax, and sales tax! No break for folks on fixed income at all.

SouthernMan 5 years, 7 months ago

Is it really the county (or city) government's job to recruit retirees? Is there a "basic services focus" challenge in Douglas County?

headdoctor 5 years, 7 months ago

I have a feeling that the retirees they really want to recruit are not the ones on the low end of fixed incomes and the ones who are may not have the means to relocate. Personally I don't understand why retirees would want to relocate to a college town nor can I begin to understand the short sightedness of the city and county to want to accomplish this goal.

oldbaldguy 5 years, 7 months ago

they looking for old farts with money who want to live where there is winter sometimes instead of no winter at all.

headdoctor 5 years, 7 months ago

Unfortunately, money or not, that is the group who will fight against anything that resembles modernization, progress or higher taxes unless it is for services, amenities or special consideration that they want. In that case they will expect everyone else to pick up the tab for them. Lawrence is not laid out for many retirees and it would cost millions just in health, safety, and conveniences to make it so.

hyperinflate 5 years, 7 months ago

Given your snide speech, you must identify as a poor (i.e. lacking wealth) teabagger. Self-hatred? Stockholm Syndrome?

headdoctor 5 years, 7 months ago

The Douglas County Senior Services Inc. may be a better choice just because they should be more familiar with issues concerning senior citizens. It does not mean it will be that much cheaper for the county if the marketing and administration of this plan is not heavily monitored. I would bet the Douglas County Senior Services Inc. being a nonprofit group does not have the money to do this on their own. They may not have anyone on board that is capable of undertaking program design or marketing.

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