Douglas County Courthouse
Joint meeting with the Lawrence City Commission - County Commission Chambers
(1) 31st Street feasibility study, possible projects extending Kasold over the Trafficway and the Wakarusa River, and possible short-term improvements to Kasold
(2) Update on Sanitary Sewer Master plan process
(3) Executive Session to discuss possible land acquisition
The Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, conducted a joint meeting with the Lawrence City Commission on Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Chairman Johnson called the joint meeting to order at 11:00 A.M. with all members present. The Boards discussed the following:
- 31st Street feasibility study, possible projects extending Kasold over the Trafficway and the Wakarusa River and possible short-term improvements to Kasold; and
- Update on the Sanitary Sewer Master Plan process.
At 11:57 A.M., Johnson made a motion that the Boards go into executive session until 1:30 P.M. to discuss possible land acquisition. Motion was seconded by Jones and carried unanimously. The Boards returned to regular session at 1:20 P.M. No action was taken.
Johnson made a motion that the Board adjourn until 6:35 P.M. for their regular meeting. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.
Chairman Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:35 P.M. on Wednesday, March 12, 2003. All members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
CONSENT AGENDA 03-12-03
Jones moved approval of the following Consent Agenda:
- Approve Commissioners Order Nos. 5121, 5122, 5123 and 5124. Orders are on file in the office of the County Clerk.
Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.
The Board discussed a request from Tom Stein for a variance of Home Rule Resolution No. 02-3-1 with regard do the 250' road frontage requirement. Mr. Stein is requesting the variance for his property located at 1248 E 2100 Road, Eudora, KS, in order to subdivide it into 2 lots. The subdivision would include the existing home and approximately 9 acres and a second lot of 5+ acres on which a new home would be constructed. Keith Dabney, Director of Zoning & Codes, was present for the discussion. Jones stated that he would not support the variance since other individuals with compelling reasons have made requests for variances which were not granted. The Board suggested that Mr. Stein attempt to resolve this issue without the need for the variance. No action was taken.
The Board discussed the possible initiation of a county government reorganization process. Johnson stated that he thought it would be a good idea to take a look at where the County is and raise questions as to procedures and see if there were better ways of getting things accomplished. Johnson noted that he would expect this to be a lengthy process with lots of input. Jones stated that he has asked for input from several people and he doesn't object to the discussion. McElhaney stated that he was open to dialog. No action was taken.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE 03-12-03
Jones moved approval of accounts payable manual checks in the amount of $1,988.00; McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Jones made a motion to authorize the Chair to execute a Confidentiality Agreement between the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas and Farmland Industries, Inc. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.
Johnson made a motion to adjourn; McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Bob Johnson, Chair Jere McElhaney, Member
Patty Jaimes, County Clerk Charles Jones, Member