County Government

Increase in inmate cell time adds to stress at county jail

Overcrowding is giving inmates less time to take advantage of the already limited exercise opportunities at the Douglas County Jail, Undersheriff Gary Bunting says. The number of inmates in all classifications of male maximum-, medium- and minimum-security continues to exceed cells available ...

County Commission to resume discussion on behavioral health ballot question options

The Douglas County Commission will further consider on Wednesday three options for placing a ballot question before voters in November to fund a behavioral health campus. Commissioners agreed last week to schedule the meeting for 6 p.m. to give more residents an opportunity to attend and voice ...

Advisory board extends grant for behavioral health group home

Officials with Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and Douglas County say a transitional group home planned for the proposed behavioral health campus is moving forward after two recent decisions. The transitional group home was to be part of an $11 million behavioral health campus funded ...

KDOT begins study to address dramatically increased traffic on K-10’s west leg

The official traffic count on the Kansas Department of Transportation website pegs at 6,080 the number of vehicles per day using Kansas Highway 10 — the South Lawrence Trafficway — in the first mile just west of U.S. Highway 59. If that seems woefully low to those who regularly drive that ...

Douglas County Commission candidates agree on need for criminal justice study

The three Democrats vying for the 1st District Douglas County Commission position agreed on the need for a comprehensive study into the county’s criminal justice system, but they had different views on how to best finance expanded behavioral health services. The Voter Education Coalition ...

Photo: Douglas County poll workers train in advance of August primary election

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew, in the background, provides instructions to county poll workers about new voting equipment during a training session Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This year's primary election will be Tuesday, Aug. 7. The deadline to register for the ...

County Commission to start discussion on behavioral health ballot question

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will start discussing the possibility of a November ballot question to fund a behavioral health campus and services. It will be the first discussion of another ballot question since voters rejected Proposition 1 in May. Proposition 1 asked voters to ...

Bridge replacement given priority under proposed county budget cut

The improvements Douglas County Public Works completed on County Route 458 south of Clinton Lake will be the last of their kind for the foreseeable future if the Douglas County Commission follows up with a recommendation in the proposed 2019 budget. Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug ...

County’s rural residents in line for flood insurance break

Property owners living in the floodplain of rural Douglas County are in line for a 15 percent discount on flood insurance premiums. This is because the county has received a one-point reduction in its Community Rating System from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Sean Reid, ...

County approves water district’s annexation of area south of Lawrence

The Douglas County Commission has approved a request from Rural Water District No. 5 to annex about 77 acres in the future growth area of the city of Lawrence. The area being annexed is in the 1400 block of North 1100 Road, about 2 miles south of Lawrence. Speaking at a public hearing before ...

K-State Extension says it will have to reduce staff if county cuts its funding

Officials from an agriculture and community development agency had a show of support Wednesday from about 40 volunteers and 4-H members as they asked the Douglas County Commission not to cut the agency's 2019 funding. Douglas County K-State Extension was one of three partnering agencies ...

Partnering agencies discuss ramifications of possible county budget cuts

Representatives from six partnering agencies that could potentially have their funding cut told Douglas County commissioners on Tuesday that county support was important in allowing them to provide needed services to residents. Commissioners didn’t disagree. “We knew they were important ...

County expenses for Proposition 1 referendum expected to be about $177,000

When all the bills are paid, Douglas County will have spent about $177,000 to conduct this spring’s mail-in ballot for Proposition 1 and to provide educational material to voters. In January, the Douglas County Commission agreed to conduct the mail-in ballot election asking voters to approve ...

County to consider water district annexation, plan for transitioning service

The request before the Douglas County Commission from Douglas County Water District No. 5 to annex a small area south of the Wakarusa River has prompted Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus to suggest it is time to start planning how the area eventually will transition to city water service. The ...