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Commission Board Meeting on Mon, December 2, 2002 - 6:35 PM

Meeting Information: 
  • Consider approval of minutes of July 10, July 15 and July 24, 2002

 (1) (a) Consider approval of Commission Orders
(b) Consent: Notice to Townships (Patty Jaimes)
(c) Consent: Consider approval of a Resolution Amending a Planning and Zoning Classification from "A-1" Suburban Home Residential to "B-3" Limited Business District (Keith Dabney)
(d) Consider approval of emergency vehicle permit (Sheriff Trapp)

 (2) Discussion with Special Projects Committee of Planning Commission with regard to flood plain regulations (Brian Dyer) (no backup)

 (3) Receive report from Health Department on air quality (Bert Rowell)

 (4) Presentation on the economic impact of the arts by local arts organizations (Ann Evans)

 (5) Consider request for funding for Heritage Summit (Judy Billings)

 (6) Discussion of County responses to Governor's budget reductions (no backup)

 (7) Other Business
  (a) Consider approval of Accounts Payable (if necessary)
  (b) Appointments
  (c) Miscellaneous
  (d) Public Comment 
 (8) Adjourn

Meeting Location: 
County Courthouse
Street Address: 
1100 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA
Meeting Minutes: 

Chairman McElhaney called the meeting to order at 6:36 P.M. on Monday, December, 2, 2002. All members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Jones made a motion to approve the minutes of July 10, July 15, and July 24, 2002. Johnson seconded and the motion carried.

Jones made a motion to approve the following Consent Agenda:

  • Approve Commissioners Order Nos. 5070, 5071, 5072, 5073, 5074, and 5075. Orders are on file in the office of the County Clerk;
  • Authorize Notice to Townships for cereal malt beverage licenses to Kanwaka Township for Clinton Cove Mini Mart; Willow Springs Township for Baldwin Junction Enterprises and Scott Zaremba, dba Zarco; Eudora Township for James Bigger, dba Eudora Riverview Golf and Larry Stewart, dba Gilded Cage; Grant Township for Wesley R Kabler, dba Flamingo Catering and Wesley R Kabler, dba The Bird of Lawrence;
  • Approve Emergency Vehicle Permit to Steve Weese; and table approval of resolution amending a Planning and Zoning Classification from "A-1" Suburban Home Resolution to "B-3" Limited Business District for a later date.

Johnson seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Ann Evans presented information on the economic impact study of the Non- Profit arts by local arts organizations. The study concluded that the Non-Profit Arts in Lawrence are directly responsible for $17 million. In comparison to other cities of our size and some larger cities, Lawrence exceeded in monies brought into the community. The conclusion is that the Arts in Lawrence are important to the community.

PLANNING 12-02-02
The Board discussed floodplain regulations with the Special Projects Committee of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission. Bryan Dyer, staff member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Department, was present for the discussion. New FEMA maps were presented. Dyer reported that planning staff requested information regarding areas that have repeated flooding, however, FEMA did not respond. Keith Browning, Director of Public Works/County Engineer, and Keith Dabney, Director of Zoning & Codes, noted two areas of concern -- the Southgate Subdivision and Lone Star area. Johnson questioned why the County should do anything more about the flood plains than the FEMA maps. Dyer responded that the Special Projects Commit tee is not asking that the entire County be looked at but their concern is filling in the floodplain, specifically the area that is close to the City. Johnson and Jones stated they would consider regulations beyond FEMA's requirements in the Urban Growth Area of the City within the County and requested a recommendation from the Committee for both of the areas that are flood prone. McElhaney stated that these concerns have already been addressed in the planning stage of the development noting that he wasn't interested in further discussion unless the Soil Conservation Service had additional information for consideration.

HEALTH -- PUBLIC 12-02-02
Bert Rowell, member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board, presented a report from the Health Department on air quality. Rowell noted that although Douglas County is not in violation of any air quality standards at the moment, there is a concern that the EPA may expand the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area to include Douglas County. The Air Quality Advisory Committee has met quarterly and discussed ozone concerns.

BUDGET 12-02-02
The Board discussed budget reductions in response to the Governor's recent announcement of budget cuts. Craig Weinaug, County Administrator, explained the impact of these cuts. Weinaug will meet with department heads and elected officials to review the 2003 budget. Once that process is complete, Weinaug will present recommendations to the Commission for action.

Johnson moved approval of accounts payable in the amount of $255,668.12; accounts payable manual checks in the amounts of $1235.16, $131.55, $10.40, $211.82, $211.09, and $2479.30; payroll of $553,541.43; and electronic funds transfers in the amounts of $41,894.06 for FICA and $32,440.12 for KPERS to be paid 11/27/02. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Jones made a motion to appoint the following individuals to the Douglas County Fair Board:

  • Lee Queen, 865 E 550 Road, Lawrence, KS 66047, representing Marion Township;
  • Jim Gabriel, 2267 N 1200 Road, Eudora, KS 66025, representing Eudora Township; and
  • Kim Booth, 1027 E 1200 Road, Lawrence, KS 66047, representing Wakarusa Township.

Johnson seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Charles Jones informed the Commission that due to personal issues, he would need to resign his position as County Commissioner effective December 11, 2002, and will be sworn back in on January 13, 2003.

Don Cashatt asked the Commission when and if the County had sanctioned the newly formed "National Area Heritage" committee that is lead by David Dunfield. Commissioner Johnson informed Mr. Cashatt that it was sanctioned by both City and County. The County Commission approved the appointments to the commit tee on December 19, 2001. The committee was formed to put together a preliminary feasibility analysis on wether this is something that would benefit this community.

McElhaney made a motion for adjournment. Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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Jere McElhaney, Chairman Bob Johnson, Member


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Patty Jaimes, County Clerk Charles Jones, Member