New commissioners to take seats as Douglas County Commission meets for brief agenda

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World File Photo

The Douglas County Courthouse is pictured in September 2018.

The Douglas County Commission will meet for a brief agenda on Wednesday as two new commissioners take their seats.

The commission will consider electing new leadership for 2021 and consider approving some items on a consent agenda, including authorizing the Public Works Department to solicit bids for bridge and culvert projects and the purchase of chemicals to control road dust.

The consent agenda allows the commission to consider and approve several items in one motion unless a commissioner or member of the public asks to pull an item for discussion.

The commissioners will consider electing a chair and vice chair for the coming year. Commissioner Patrick Kelly has served as the chair for 2020, while former Commissioner Michelle Derusseau served as vice chair.

Commissioners Shannon Portillo and Shannon Reid will be joining Kelly on the commission for the first time since they were sworn in on Monday. They were both elected to the positions in November, taking over seats last held by Derusseau and Nancy Thellman.

The commission will convene at 5:30 p.m. for its regular business meeting. The meeting will be open to the walk-in public at the county courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., but a link for the public to watch live online is available on the county’s website, Residents may also call in and listen by phone by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering meeting ID 987 7345 7123.

Full audio from the meeting will continue to be posted on the county’s website, as usual. The meeting’s full agenda may also be found on the county’s website.

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