County Government

Road repairs are straining Douglas County townships’ resources

Story updated at 9:13 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019: An "unusually severe" winter — including this week's rain — has Douglas County's townships struggling to repair roads, and state law says there's not much the county can do to help. Townships aim to keep property taxes low by ...

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to hear report on 2018 services

The Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will hear a report Tuesday that details the county's criminal justice services for 2018. Among slides in the report from Pam Weigand, the county’s director of criminal justice services, are demographics and statistics for populations ...

Lawmakers considering bill to remove transportation spending from tax lid

A joint legislative task force report on transportation has a lot of promising recommendations for the county, the director of Douglas County Public Works says. The report released in January made recommendations to guide development of a new state transportation plan and reflected findings ...

Douglas County Commission approves bylaw changes for criminal justice council

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday approved some changes to bylaws for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The county established the council on March 9, 2016, to bring to the table a number of leaders with experience in different realms of the criminal justice system. Its ...

Douglas County sheriff seeks OK to proceed with security upgrades at jail

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wants permission to move forward on a design for security upgrades at the local jail. Sheriff Ken McGovern wrote in a memo to the Douglas County Commission that a contract with Treanor Architects for planning and design for the upgrades would cost ...

Douglas County commissioners direct staff to proceed with jail expansion design

Douglas County staff got a consensus from commissioners Wednesday evening to move forward on design plans for an estimated $23 million to $25 million expansion of the local jail. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky asked the commission to determine that the latest proposed design ...

Grant Township residents will have help if snow hits roads later this week

Residents of Grant Township in rural Douglas County will have help if snow strikes the area again later this week, despite a recent turn of events. Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman brought the matter to the governing board’s Wednesday meeting. She said the roads in Grant ...

Douglas County Commission to change meeting time; staff will post audio online

Story updated at 6:51 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019: The Douglas County Commission is making a few changes in an effort to improve transparency. The commission will start its meetings at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning March 6, according to a news release from the county. The time change ...