Chairman McElhaney called the meeting to order at 6:35 P.M., on Wednesday, April 10, 2002. All members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Jones made a motion to approve the minutes of November 14, 2001. Johnson seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
CONSENT AGENDA 04-10-02
Johnson made a motion to approve the following Consent Agenda:
- Approve Commissioners Order No. 5015. Order is on file in the office of the County Clerk;
- Authorize Notice to Clinton Township regarding application from Linda Steele for a temporary license to sell malt beverages at retail;
- Approve Resolution No. 02-10 amending the administrative structure of Douglas County Community Corrections directing the supervision of the employees of Douglas County Community Corrections to the Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial District of the State of Kansas; and
- Accept the low bid for magnesium chloride from Scotwood Industries at a unit cost of $0.371 per gallon for the user fee dust palliative program.
Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
The Board discussed the possibility of setting up separate planning commissions. Linda Finger, Director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Department, was present for the discussion. Melinda Henderson offered a copy of the League of Women Voters' study of planning commission issues. Larry Francq, Chairman of the Baldwin City Planning Commission made brief comments. It was the consensus of the Commission not to pursue the possibility of setting up separate planning Commissions.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS & PURCHASING 04-10-02
Jim Denney, Director of Emergency Communications, presented a request to acquire three (3) public safety emergency radio base stations. In the March 2002 meeting, the Douglas County 911 Advisory Board recommended that 911 Fee Funds be expended to purchase and install:
(1) VHF radio repeaters to be used for fire and medical communications in the southern portion of Douglas County; and
(2) 800 MHz radio repeater to expand the trunk system used for law enforcement communications countywide.
Johnson made a motion that the Director of Emergency Communications be authorized to establish and put forth a request for approval for two (2) VHF base station repeaters to be installed in the Baldwin area for use of rural fire agencies and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical. Costs will be approximately $17,000 each to be funded by available 911 Fee Funds; and that the Purchasing Policy be waived authorizing the purchase of one (1) 800 MHz Trunking Repeater to increase trunking capabilities of the existing trunk radio system from State of Kansas Contract #28440. Cost will be $18,074.61 to be funded by available 911 Fee Funds. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE 04-10-02
McElhaney moved approval of accounts payable in the amount of $209,542.87 to be paid 4/8/02; accounts payable manual checks in the amount of $2,588.14; payroll in the amount of $557,459.40; and electronic funds transfers in the amounts of $41,606.13 for FICA, and $34,053.48 for KPERS, to be paid 4/5/02. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
McElhaney made a motion to appoint Carl McElwee, 1564 E 1850 Road, Lawrence, KS, to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board for a three-year term. It should be noted that Mr. McElwee replaces A.J. Rowell who was not eligible for reappointment. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & GRANTS 04-10-02
Paula Phillips, Director of Emergency Management, presented a request for authorization the filing of the Office of Justice Domestic Preparedness Terrorism Equipment Support grant. In January 2001, the Office of Judicial Programs Domestic Preparedness Division granted $2 million to the State of Kansas for the purchase of equipment for the response to acts of terrorism. The Kansas High way Patrol administers the grant and Douglas County has received notification of the allocation amount for first responders in Douglas County. Jones made a motion to authorize the filing of the Office of Justice Domestic Preparedness Terrorism Equipment Support grant, and authorize and direct Paula Phillips, Douglas County Emergency Management Director, as the official representative of the County for all activities associated with the grant.
McElhaney moved for adjournment. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Jere McElhaney, Chairman Bob Johnson, Member
Patty Jaimes, County Clerk Charles Jones, Member