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Douglas County commissioners move ahead on $13.9 million Public Works facility

July 3, 2013

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Douglas County commissioners agreed today to move ahead with plans to build a new Public Works facility that is estimated to cost $13.9 million.

After hearing an update on the project on the general schematic plans for the site, commissioners authorized the architectural firm Clark Huesemann to begin drawing formal blueprints and design specifications for the facility that is expected to be finished in early 2015.

The new facility to be built on East 25th Street, just east of the Lawrence Community Shelter, will consolidate all the operations of the department into a single location.

Officials said it will also include new storage space for crime evidence collected by the Sheriff's Office; maintenance facilities that will serve the county's entire vehicle fleet; and meeting rooms and training seminars that can be used by all other county departments.

“This really isn't just a Public Works facility; it's really a countywide structure,” assistant county administrator Sarah Plinsky said.

Part of the cost of the project will come from $9.5 million in sales tax revenue bonds the county issued last week. Officials said the rest of the funding is already set aside from motor fuel tax revenues and cash reserves in the county's capital improvements budget.

The new facility is also being designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED standards, according to Eileen Horn, the county's sustainability coordinator who also served on the building committee that helped develop the plans.

Horn said some of the features include designing the buildings to make maximum use of natural sunlight; using recycled building materials; and landscaping to reduce storm-water runoff.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved findings of fact and conclusions related to the phasing of quarry operations at the Big Springs Quarry in western Douglas County.

• Appointed Steve Miles to a second four-year term as county appraiser.

• And agreed to waive the formal bidding process and use a state contract to hire Mission Electronics Inc., to provide technology improvements in the Division II courtroom for $70,606.

Comments

Lynn731 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Money is no object to them, especially if it is our money.

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skinny 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Why build the Douglas County Public Works building next to the homeless shelter? That'll make all the Douglas County residents feel safe when going into the Public works building. Now you'll have to worry if your going to get robbed or mugged by all the homeless people! Great!

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toe 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Douglas County needs this facility and the location is not too bad. It will provide a buffer to the shelter, but they had better not leave any keys in any equipment.

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Michelle Reynolds 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I guess I better plant a second money tree.

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rlsd 9 months, 2 weeks ago

This city spends money as if it had jobs. I would love to see a breakdown on income and maybe compared to commuter vs jobs in Lawrence. I am not saying some things are not needed but we seem to agree and spend to on everything. I wish I could run my budget like that!!!

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cheeseburger 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Do we really need Eileen Horn stating the obvious? Any architect worth his salt would already know this stuff.

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