County Government

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 ...

Douglas County budget will likely raise taxes; commission plans to fund drug court

Though Douglas County commissioners have not given final approval to a 2020 budget, they did reach a consensus Wednesday on a plan that would raise the mill levy by 0.429 mills. If approved, the budget would raise the mill levy from 46.015 to 46.444. That’s a total of roughly $1,068 in ...

Douglas County Commission to discuss downtown space needs, options

Douglas County commissioners at their Wednesday work session will discuss possibilities for a downtown master plan that would address some space issues. The county hired the architecture firm Gould Evans to conduct a space needs study in 2017. The study found that the county's downtown ...

City and firefighters union still at odds over pay increase, other contract elements

Representatives for the City of Lawrence and the local firefighters union continue to disagree on how much of a wage increase is needed to keep firefighter pay competitive, and contract negotiations could soon require mediation. Negotiations between the city and the union, Local 1596, are ...

Douglas County Commission meeting canceled; budget deliberations scheduled

Douglas County commissioners’ regular Wednesday evening meeting is canceled this week, but they will meet in the morning for budget deliberations. The commission held budget hearings with various county departments and county-supported agencies last week and Monday for its 2020 budget. They ...