County Government

Douglas County plans to demolish building on south Massachusetts Street

Douglas County has filed plans to demolish an unoccupied building on the southern edge of downtown. The City of Lawrence’s Historic Resources Commission will consider authorizing a certificate of appropriateness for the county to demolish the structure located at 1242 Massachusetts St. ...

Planning Commissioner Karen Willey files to run for Douglas County Commission

A Douglas County farmer, entrepreneur and member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission has filed run for the county's top board. Karen Willey, 44, who currently serves on the planning commission as a county appointee, announced in a news release Friday that she has ...

Douglas County tries a new ingredient in its winter road treatment: beet juice

With the temperatures falling close to zero degrees this week, Douglas County’s Public Works Department added a special ingredient to its winter road treatment mixture. On Wednesday, public works crews for the first time put beet juice into the usual mixture of salt, sand and brine to help ...

Douglas County Commission issues permit for truck storage at rural property

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday added an extra condition before allowing a rural landowner to continue storing trucks on his property for his lawn care business. Dallien Holtkamp will need to provide a portable restroom on the site for the employees of the business, the ...

Douglas County Commission approves $2.7 million worth of year-end budget transfers

The Douglas County Commission took its final action on the 2019 budget during its meeting on Wednesday by approving $2.7 million of year-end transfers. The commission began the year-end budgeting process in December when it approved an amended 2019 budget, which allowed the county to account ...

Douglas County staff to outline financing plan for jail expansion project

The Douglas County Commission will learn during its next meeting how county staff proposes to pay for a nearly $30 million jail expansion. County Administrator Sarah Plinsky is expected to lay out the financial plans for the proposed $29.6 million expansion project during the commission’s ...