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Commission Board Meeting on Mon, March 31, 2003 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Information: 
  • Convene
  • Pledge of Allegiance


  • Proclaim the week of April 6-12 as "Crime Victims Rights Week" (Christine Kenney)

 (1) (a) Consider approval of  Commission Orders
  (b) Consider approval to purchase one (1) patrol vehicle (Jackie Waggoner)

 (2) Consider approval to upgrade dictaphone recording equipment (Jackie Waggoner)

 (3) Consider approval of Ambulance Fee Structure (Jim McSwain)

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

 (5) Adjourn

Related Document(s): 
Meeting Location: 
County Courthouse
Street Address: 
1100 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA
Meeting Minutes: 

Chairman Johnson called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M. on Monday, March 31, 2003.  All members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Christine Kenney, District Attorney, read a Proclamation proclaiming the week of April 6-12, 2003, as "Crime Victims Rights Week".  Johnson made a motion to adopt the proclamation as read, seconded by Jones and carried unanimously.

Jones made a motion to approve the following Consent Agenda:

  • Approve Commissioners Order No. 5125. Order is on file in the office of the County Clerk; and
  • Authorize the purchase of one (1) Dodge Intrepid in the amount of $16,707.50 from Gary Hardy Dodge to replace a patrol vehicle that was damaged in a wreck.

McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

The Board discussed a request to upgrade the Dictaphone recording equipment. Jim Denney, Director of Emergency Communications, and Jackie Waggoner, Purchasing Agent, were present for the discussion. In 1998 the County purchased a 911 recording system from Dictaphone. This equipment is approximately 8-10 year old technology. While the equipment has become obsolete, Dictaphone has been able to continue to provide service and support. However, the annual maintenance contract has recently exceeded $10,000. Dictaphone provided projected maintenance costs for the next five years, however, they may not be able to continue service for this period of time. Dictaphone has also provided an upgrade option in the amount of $32,416, which includes 5 years maintenance. Johnson made a motion to accept the purchase option in the amount of $32,416 to upgrade the 911 recording system submitted by Dicta phone. Motion was seconded by Jones and carried unanimously.

AMBULANCE 03-31-03
The Board considered a request from the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Department to increase Emergency Medical and Ambulance fees.  Mark Bradford, Deputy Chief, was present for the discussion. Bradford noted there were three (3) basic reasons for the fee increase. The first is to bring the fee structure up to the market service level. The second is to bring the Medicare charges up to what Medicare allows. Bradford explained that currently the department is charging less than what could be charged.  The third reason is to look for ways to increase revenues due to the State budgetary cuts. After an in- depth discussion, Jones requested additional information, specifically, different scenarios for patients with health insurance, without health insurance, on Medi care, and on Medicaid for comparison purposes. Jones also suggested that once this information is available, the Board conduct a study session consisting of a representative from the City, a representative from Medicare (if possible), and Bradford. No action was taken.

Jones moved approval of accounts payable in the amount of $123,567.87 to be paid 3/31/03.  McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Craig Weinaug, County Administrator, noted there were no items currently scheduled for the Wednesday, April 2, 2003, Agenda. Johnson made a motion to cancel the meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, 2003. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.

Johnson moved for adjournment.  Jones seconded and the motion carried.

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Bob Johnson, Chairman                        Jere McElhaney, Member


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Patty Jaimes, County Clerk                   Charles Jones, Member