Rugby complex, 20 years overdue for restroom, seeks Douglas County Commission’s OK for site improvements
photo by: Douglas County Commission agenda materials
The Westwick Rugby Complex wants a permit to make some improvements to the site. However, it’s about 20 years overdue to meet the conditions of its first permit.
Douglas County commissioners first approved a permit for the site, which is northwest of North 1200 and East 1150 roads, in 1994. By 1998, the site was required to have a septic system installed.
Fast forward to 2019 and that still hasn’t happened.
During their 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting — a time slot the county reserves for public interest items — commissioners will consider a recommendation from planning staff to approve a new conditional use permit. However, staff recommends a firm deadline of one year from the date of resolution publication for Westwick to build the restroom facilities, or the permit would expire.
The permit would allow Westwick to construct a storage building and up to four portable restroom facilities in phase I. Phase II would add team changing rooms and additional storage; then Phase III would add locker rooms, restrooms and pavilions for viewing of the athletic fields, plus an additional parking lot and a “septic field or a lagoon,” according to plans filed with the county.
In other business at their 4 p.m. meeting, commissioners will:
• Consider an updated funding contract with the City of Lawrence for the remodel of Fire Station No. 1 and the Senior Resource Center, 746 Kentucky St. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky wrote in a memo to the commission that design modifications and delays in the project call for several change orders, which will cost the county an extra $145,883 and bring the grand total for the county to $2.01 million. The added cost leaves the county with a balance of $1.39 million, to be paid in $100,000 installments for the next 14 years unless paid early.
• Hear a presentation from Plinsky and Undersheriff Gary Bunting about capital needs of the Douglas County Jail.
• Hold officer elections to determine the next chair and vice chair.
• Proclaim this month as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
The commission will meet at 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. Complete agendas and materials are available at douglascountyks.org.
• Cost estimate for pared-down Douglas County Jail expansion is $23M, Jan. 16, 2019
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