County Government

Douglas County Commission selects interim county administrator for permanent role

The Douglas County Commission will forgo a search to fill its vacant county administrator position and will instead appoint interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky to the permanent position. At their meeting Wednesday, commissioners unanimously approved directing the county counselor to ...

County postpones Lone Star Lake herbicide treatment for a week

A planned herbicide treatment at Lone Star Lake has been postponed for a week. Karrey Britt, a spokeswoman for the county, said the Douglas County Public Works department will now treat the lake for Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive plant species, on Aug. 14 and 15 if weather permits. Water ...

County to prohibit water activities at Lone Star Lake for herbicide treatment

Updated story - Aug. 6 — County postpones Lone Star Lake herbicide treatment for a week Water activities at Lone Star Lake will be prohibited later this week while the Douglas County Public Works Office treats the lake for an invasive plant. The county announced in a news release last ...

Douglas County Commission privately discusses personnel matters in brief meeting

After privately discussing personnel matters, the Douglas County Commission wrapped up a brief meeting on Wednesday without taking any action. The only general business item on the commission's meeting agenda was an executive session. County leaders met privately to discuss matters involving ...

County Commission to discuss personnel issues in executive session

The Douglas County Commission will convene Wednesday for a meeting with a brief agenda, with the main focus being a private discussion on personnel issues. The only general business item on the agenda is an executive session, during which the commissioners will meet with the county counselor ...

Local Santa Fe Trail enthusiasts plan to improve access to surviving wagon ruts

Three miles east of Baldwin City and just south of a U.S. Highway 56 roadside park is a patch of prairie that Roger Boyd says is one of the hidden treasures of Douglas County. Right now, a carpet of thigh-high native grasses green from the abundant summer rains and speckled with yellow, blue, ...

County to close part of Route 1061 south of Eudora for culvert project

A county road south of Eudora will be closed to through traffic beginning Wednesday, Douglas County Public Works has announced. Route 1061, also known as East 2200 Road, will be closed between North 1000 Road and Kansas Highway 10 for a culvert replacement project, the public works department ...

White House calls Douglas County Republican official ‘partisan’

After Douglas County Commission Chair Michelle Derusseau said she did not plan to attend a White House summit, calling it a “publicity stunt,” a member of Republican President Donald Trump’s staff has accused her of partisanship. The three Douglas County commissioners were invited — ...

Douglas County Commission plans to raise mill levy, denies storage facility permit

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday approved their 2020 budget for publication with a mill levy increase that is slightly smaller than what they discussed the week prior. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky said a change in the zoning department’s budget lowered the required ...