County Government

Baldwin City to request that county contribute $94,000 for trail easement

Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden will ask the Douglas County Commission to provide $94,167 to help with his city’s purchase of an 11-mile trail easement along the Midland Railway. In April, the Baldwin City Council approved the $345,000 purchase of the easement from Baldwin City to ...

Douglas County OKs purchase of 2 new ambulances

Douglas County commissioners agreed Wednesday to replace two ambulances for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical at a cost of $556,638. Fire Chief Mark Bradford said the purchases were part of an ongoing effort by the department to replace vehicles on an eight-to-10 year cycle, before they ...

Douglas County renews fishery management agreement with state

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday renewed an agreement with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to help manage fishing opportunities at Lone Star Lake. In a memo to commissioners, Keith Browning, county public works director, wrote the county first entered into a ...

Wrongful death lawsuit against Douglas County underway in U.S. District Court

Douglas County commissioners are closely monitoring a wrongful death action against the county in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. Douglas County Commission Chair Nancy Thellman missed Wednesday’s County Commission meeting to attend the third day of proceedings in a civil lawsuit in ...

Douglas County Commission to hear public’s opinions on jail, behavioral health

Those with opinions about how to address overcrowding at the county jail or the need for additional behavioral health services in Douglas County will be able to share them Wednesday with county commissioners. The commission will have a public forum on issues surrounding jail overcrowding and ...

Lawrence College and Career Center director files for Douglas County Commission seat

Patrick Kelly, the director of the Lawrence College and Career Center, has filed to run for the 1st District Douglas County Commission seat. Kelly filed as a Democrat and is the first candidate to enter the race for the seat. His filing comes a week after Mike Gaughan, who has represented the ...

Douglas County to consider allowing some employees to work from home, telecommute

Douglas County commissioners will consider Wednesday a policy establishing procedures under which county employees could do computer-based work from their homes. Lucas Neece, an intern in the county administrator’s office who created the telecommuting policy, wrote in a memo to commissioners ...

Douglas County Commission approves township’s rezoning request

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday approved a rezoning request from Kanwaka Township, which is looking to expand a building on its township yard. The action rezones 2.5 acres that the township owns northwest of the North 1700 Road and East 550 Road intersection from agricultural and ...

Douglas County Commissioner Gaughan announces he won’t run for re-election

County Commissioner Mike Gaughan announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election to the 1st District seat he has held since 2009. The announcement came the day after county voters rejected Proposition 1, which would have authorized a half-cent sales tax to fund an expansion of the county ...