- Pledge of Allegiance
- Consider approval of minutes of March 26, March 31, April 4, April 9, and April 14, 2003
(1) (a) Consider approval of Commission Orders
(2) Public hearing on 2004 budget
(3) Presentation of new marketing brochures, update on Economic Development Strategic Plan, and update on Economic Development activities (Lynn Parman)
(4) Discussion of proposed amendments to the Horizon 2020 Urban Growth Boundary (UAB)
(5) Update membership for the Jefferson-Douglas Counties Regional Solid Waste Management Committee (Keith Browning)
(6) Consider approval of Construction Engineering Force Account Agreement with KDOT Project No. 23C-3688-01, Route 1029 Improvements (Keith Browning)
(7) Consider approval of Work Plan and Contract for Illegal Dump Site located at 1706 N 1500 Road (Keith Dabney)
(8) Consider approval of eight (8) Out-District College Tuition Statements in the amount of $12,072 (Debbie Sparkes)
(9) Other Business
(a) Consider approval of Accounts Payable (if necessary)
(d) Public Comment
Johnson called meeting to order at 6:35 P.M. on Wednesday, August 13, 2003, with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Jones moved approval of the minutes of March 26, March 31, April 4, April 9, and April 14, 2003. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.
CONSENT AGENDA 08-13-03
McElhaney moved approval of the following Consent Agenda:
- Approve Commissioners Order No. 5156. Order is on file in the office of the County Clerk.
Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
As advertised, the Board conducted a public hearing regarding the 2004 budget. No comments were received. Jones made a motion to close the public hearing, seconded by Johnson and carried unanimously. Jones then made a motion to approve Resolution 03-18 expressing the property taxation policy of the Board of Douglas County Commissioners with respect to financing the 2004 annual budget for Douglas County. Motion was seconded by Johnson and carried unanimously.
Lynn Parman, Vice President of Economic Development of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, introduced Lavern Squier, the newly appointed Presi dent and CEO of the Chamber, Elisha Janesco, Marketing Manager, and Tanya Johnson, Director of Existing Business Programs. Parman then conducted a Business Retention Report presentation. Parman also presented the Douglas County Economic Development Quarterly Activity Report. Elisha Janesco presented the Business Relocation Guide.
Jean Milstead, Chair of the Subcommittee of the Douglas County Economic Development Board, presented the Horizon 2020 Strategic Economic Development Element. Milstead noted that the report has been presented to the cities of Eudora, Baldwin City, and the Lawrence City Commission.
Johnson questioned Goals 1 and 2 which read as follows:
Goal 1: Employment Growth
Jobs will grow at a rate equal to or above that of population and housing. Targeted will be quality jobs with desirable incomes, benefits and career opportunities.
Goal 2: Tax Base Growth
Increase tax base at a rate equal to or greater than the rate of population and housing growth. To accomplish this goal, industrial/business growth must at least keep pace with residential growth.
Johnson suggested that the goal should be to "grow greater than" instead of "equal to" population growth. He suggested that if we just grow equal to population growth, we aren't gaining any ground and if you don't have a goal in excess of where you are now, you won't achieve it. Jones agreed noting that if our growth primarily stays residential, we're not going to make money economically. Jobs and the industrial base need to grow faster than the residential base.
Jones made a motion to approve the Horizon 2020 Strategic Economic Development Element as presented with the stipulation that the Economic Development Board revisit the language under Goals 1 and 2 and determine whether the language ought to emphasize the growth greater than as opposed to equal to. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.
The Board discussed Item No. 3 of the minutes of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission dated 6/25/03. This item is CPA-2003-3: An amendment to Horizon 2020 to expand the Urban Growth Area as shown on the Transportation 2025 Land Use Map with the addition of the southern boundary extending to N 900 Road. Bryan Dyer, staff member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Department, was present for the discussion. No action was taken.
PUBLIC WORKS 08-13-03
The Board discussed membership on the Regional Solid Waste Management Committee. Keith Browning, Director of Public Works/County Engineer, was present for the discussion. Browning explained that K.S.A. 65-3405 requires that each group of counties cooperating in a regional solid waste management plan shall establish a regional solid waste management committee. The duties of the committee are (1) be responsible for the preparation of the regional solid waste management plan (2) review the plan at least annually, and (3) provide o each Board of County Commissioners included in the region a report with the results of the annual plan review. Every five years the annual review shall be comprehensive and shall include a public meeting. The five-year update for the Douglas- Jefferson County Regional Plan is due this year.
Jefferson and Douglas counties entered into an agreement in 1994 that established both counties as a region for solid waste planning purposes. Subsequent to formation of the region, a regional solid waste management committee was formed that consisted of 28 members. Many of the original committee members are no longer available to serve on the committee. Since 1998, the annual plan reviews have been performed by several "core" members of the Solid Waste Management Committee (typically city and county staff members and elected officials) and any original members who were available to meet.
The membership of the committee needs to be updated. K.S.A. 65-3405 indicates that committee shall be comprised of from five (5) to thirty (30) members. The membership shall include:
(1) Representatives of incorporated cities, not to exceed five members representing first class cities, three members representing second class cities, and one member representing third class cities;
(2) One representative of unincorporated areas;
(3) Representatives of the general public, citizen organizations, private industry, any private solid waste management industry operating in the counties;
(4) The recycling coordinator of the county; and
(5) Any other persons deemed appropriate by the county including, but not limited to, county commissioners, county engineers, county health officers and county planners.
Browning presented the following proposed membership list and asked the Board for input:
- Travis Oliver -- Jefferson County Commissioner
- Charles Jones -- Douglas County Commissioner
- Mike Russell -- Kansas University
- Chuck Soules -- Lawrence Public Works Director
- Bob Yoos -- Lawrence Solid Waste Division Manager
- Bill Winegar -- Baldwin City Public Works
- Paul Studebaker -- Kanwaka Township, representing unincorporated areas
- Richard Ziesenis -- Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
- Jim Clark -- Winchester, KS, representing unincorporated areas
- Brad Harries -- Oskaloosa, KS, general public member
- Jim McMillan -- Grantville, KS, general public member
- Keith Browning -- Douglas County Public Works Director
- Mike Rundle -- Lawrence City Commission
- Roy Paslay -- Lecompton, KS, general public member
- Elsie Tichenor -- Jefferson County Planning & Zoning Director
- Debbie Nichols -- Oskaloosa, KS, general public member
- Bob Abel -- Jefferson County Auxiliary Services Director
- Charlie Sedlock -- Hamm Solid Waste Contractors
- 2 vacant positions to be appointed by Lawrence Mayor David Dunfield
- 1 vacant position to be appointed by the Jefferson County Commission
Browning then explained that there was a position held by Dave Durkin that the Board may choose not to fill. He also noted that he had not been in contact with Paul Studebaker or Roy Paslay to see if they were available to continue serving. Jones made a motion that the position held by Dave Durkin not be filled and directed Browning to contact Paul Studebaker and Roy Paslay. If Studebaker and Paslay are not interested in serving, the Board directed Browning to eliminate those positions as well. Motion was seconded by Johnson and carried unanimously.
AGREEMENTS & PUBLIC WORKS 08-13-03
The Board considered approval of Construction Engineering Force Agreement with Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) for Project No. 23 C-3688-01, Route 1029 Improvements. In late June, the Board approved submittal of a proposal to KDOT for the Public Works Department to perform construction engineering services for the Route 1029 project. KDOT has prepared a contract agreement based on our proposal that now needs approval by the Board. Under the contract, the Public Works Department will perform construction inspection for the project, and the County will be reimbursed for 80% of all inspection costs. The remaining 20% will be paid from the Public Works budget as regular salaries. Under the contract, the upper limit of compensation is $162,827.44 of which 80% would be reimbursed. It is anticipated that the County's total costs will be below that upper limit. Jones moved approval of the Force Account Agreement with KDOT for the Public Works Department personnel to perform construction inspection services for Project No. 23 C-3688-01, Route 1029 improvements. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.
The Board discussed an illegal dumpsite in Douglas County located at 1706 North 1500 Road, Lawrence, KS 66046. Keith Dabney, Director of Zoning & Codes, was present for the discussion. Dabney presented photographs and other written documentation resulting from this problem. This site is eligible for funding fro the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) from the Illegal Dump Program. After discussion, Jones made a motion to enter an agreement with KDHE to perform corrective action at the above-referenced illegal solid waste dumping site. Motion was seconded by Johnson and carried unanimously.
OUT-DISTRICT COLLEGE TUITION STATEMENTS 08-13-03
Jones moved approval of eight (8) Out-District College Tuition Statements in the amount of $12,072. Johnson seconded and the motion carried with McElhaney opposed.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE 08-13-03
Jones moved approval of accounts payable in the amounts of $244,103.90 to be paid 8/4/03; $703,045.66 to be paid 8/11/03; accounts payable manual checks in the amounts of $2,500.00, $766.00, and $1,350.00; and ACH Bank Transfers in the amount of $111,208.75 to be paid 8/29/03. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.
Jones moved for adjournment; McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Bob Johnson, Chair Jere McElhaney, Member
Patty Jaimes, County Clerk Charles Jones, Member