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Saturday SRS Forum

By Nick Krug · July 23, 2011 · Comment on this

Douglas County United Way CEO Erika Dvorske talks about Saturday's public forum on the closing of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Service's Lawrence office and plans for the future with regard to meeting the communities needs.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

Don't give up before the miracle happens!....keep up the fight for what's right. I, for one, am not ready to throw in the towel..the battle hasn't even really begun. There are several legal ways that the closing of the SRS office can be fought. I am dismayed that those options have not really been explored. The legal battle could be because of the lease agreement which does not expire until Dec. 2012..with an additional 6 months past that.. see http://www2.ljworld.com/documents/2011/jul/14/lease-agreement-srs-office/ which states "Both parties mutually agree to the following terms: 1. Subject to termination for fiscal necessity, four (4) years of occupancy are guaranteed. 2. The Lessee may terminate this lease upon the giving of 180 days notice in writing to the Lessor, after the end of the (4) year guaranteed lease period. 3. Effective December 20, 2008, the Lessee will lease 29,500 square feet of office space at the rate of $11.25 per square foot. 4. The Lessee will make quarterly lease payments. 5. At the conclusion of year four (4), a Consumer Price Index (CPI) lease rate increase will be applied at a rate and condition agreed upon by both parties. 6. If the lease is terminated prior to the expiration of the term, any unearned lease payment will be refunded to the Lessee on a pro rata basis." another way suggested is a class action suit against the state for not providing adequate care for persons with disabilities.. and I'm sure that same legal mandate applies to children. Furthermore, it doesn't seem to me that solutions have even been sought out by the city commissioners. COME ON!!.. there are many properties sitting empty in Lawrence that would make ideal locations for an affordable SRS office.
I understand that things need to be discussed as to what MAY happen IF the SRS office is closed, but I don't think it's the right time, yet, if ever, for THAT discussion. It gives the appearance, in my opinion, of giving in and giving up. Even in my personal battles I didn't give up.. and that's the premise of SRS as well. So, I would love to see more action from our leaders, and more meeting focused on the HERE AND NOW!!

devobrun 3 years, 4 months ago

Wow, back to back videos of "public forum on the closing of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Service's Lawrence office" and "Douglas County 4-Hers present their pets of all varieties to the judges during the hand pet and cat show, Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds."

Life is sublime. Thank you, LJW, for your perspective.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

Too bad they did catch video of the donkey showing. I'm sure you are very proud of your blue ribbon!

devobrun 3 years, 4 months ago

No Erika Dvorske, I don't know. My focus today is on heat, water, food, and staying alive. I am feeling, thinking and acting in a way that will help keep me and others alive through this heat spell.

I am not interested in your long term guilt trip; Oh, I am providing for my animals almost as if they are me. And I try to provide for my plants equally. But they are fixed in place and I must simply water them. If they die....well, we can sing Kum-bay-ya.

Buck up cowboy.

Alceste 3 years, 4 months ago

state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence; state Rep. Terri Lois Gregory, R-Baldwin City; House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence; state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence were all too busy troubling themselves and their time over their own magical funding for themselves of their future KPERS benefits to worry about Lawrence and closure of the Lawrence SRS office before it became too late. As the planning was done by Brownback to close the Lawrence SRS office, these political hacks were busily anticipating their own KPERS windfalls given the way they permit themselves to calculate the benefit. In reality, these "leaders" were busy counting their money rather than in the minding the store.

To determine a legislator's KPERS benefit, his pay is annualized, treated as if the job entailed full-time employment and full-time pay.

"Even though they only really earn that for several months of the year, they get credit for earning it all year long,".......

For the legislator listing all income - the daily rate, subsistence and allowance - this is how annualization is calculated:

•$88.66 (daily rate) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $32,981.52

•$123 (subsistence) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $45,756

•$7,083 non-session allowance.

Altogether, that equals $85,820.52, and that's the pay figure that would be used for that legislator retiring now.

The Senate president and House speaker are at the top of the pay scale, and annualized pay for those posts could be as high as $99,859.74, depending on their enrollment choices.

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