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Commission Board Meeting on Mon, September 29, 2003 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Information: 


  • Convene

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • Consider approval of minutes of April 30, June 18, June 25, June 27, June 30, and July 28, 2003.

PROCLAMATION



  • Proclaim the month of October as "Disability Employment Awareness Month"

CONSENT AGENDA
 (1) (a) Consider approval of  Commission Orders
(b) Consider approval of Applications for Authorized Emergency Vehicle Permits (Sheriff Trapp)


REGULAR AGENDA
(2) Consider approval of Judicial Tax Sale  (Pat Wells)


 (3) Consider approval of Early Tax Distribution Agreement (Pat Wells)


 (4) Report from Health Department on Cryptosporidium outbreak (Kay Kent)


 (5) Discussion of draft petitions received to set up several county sewer benefit districts for East Hills South (parcel across K-10 from Farmland) (Lance Johnson with Peridian Group)


 (6) Other Business
  (a) Consider approval of Accounts Payable (if necessary)
  (b) Appointments (designation of KAC conference voting delegate)
  (c) Miscellaneous
  (d) Public Comment 


 (7) Adjourn

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

Johnson called meeting to order at 9:02 A.M. on Monday, September 29, 2003, with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Jones made a motion to approve the minutes of April 30, June 18, June 25, June 27, June 30, and July 28, 2003 with changes as noted.  McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.


PROCLAMATION 09-29-03
Johnson read a proclamation deeming the month of October as "Disability Employment Awareness Month."  McElhaney made a motion approving the proclamation; Jones seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


CONSENT AGENDA 09-29-03
Jones made a motion to approve the following Consent Agenda:



  • Approve Commission Order Nos. 5163 and 5164.  Orders are on file in the office of the County Clerk; and

  • Applications for Authorized Emergency Vehicle Permits for Randy Cheek, Danny Rake, and Sheila Rake.

McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.


TREASURER & RESOLUTIONS  09-29-03
Pat Wells presented the Judicial Tax Sale listing for approval.  The Commission requested that staff review whether the County can establish a minimum price for property in the tax foreclosure sale, with the intent to recoup at least the amount ed owed in taxes on the property.  Jones moved approval of Resolution No. 03- 25 ordering the sale; McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.


TREASURER & AGREEMENTS 09-29-03
Pat Wells informed the commission that HB 2397 changed the collection date of the second half of real estate and personal property taxes to May 10, which provides for a new distribution date of June 5, 2004.  In order to ensure that political subdivisions are not harmed by this change in distribution, Ms. Wells requested that the Commission approve an additional distribution be added during the calendar year of July 20, 2004.  Jones made a motion to approve this request; Johnson seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.


HEALTH -- PUBLIC 09-29-03
Kay Kent, Director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, gave a detailed presentation on the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Douglas County. The Commission applauded efforts of Ms. Kent and her staff in dealing with this situation.


SEWER BENEFIT DISTRICTS 09-29-03
Lance Johnson of the Peridian Group initiated a discussion of the proposed sewer benefit districts for East Hills South (parcel across K-10 from Farmland).  Representatives of the City of Lawrence were also present.  Johnson's position is supportive as long as the districts are created appropriately, they are equitable, and they don't cause problems downstream for the other Farmland acreage.  Jones expressed concerns for the Farmland property not in the district; desires to ensure that it is appropriate to divide the property into five districts; and wants to be assured that the O'Connell Farm is included on a voluntary, willing basis, even for easement purposes.  McElhaney feels that this project has been developed appropriately.


In summary, the following expectations were established:



  • Work with HNTB to ensure that the trafficway route is compatible with these plans

  • Verify that this plan does not hinder the expansion of East Hills (including the 87 acres currently excluded from the benefit district)

  • Schedule another discussion with the developer about the merits of five benefit districts.

  • Jones will check with O'Connell Youth Ranch to ensure that an easement for the line is available.

  • The City, County and developer will put together a timetable for this project.

  • Assumptions will be developed for waste loads for the 800 acres, the Farmland acreage, and the expanded East Hills acreage.

  • A dollar/acre amount for the benefit district(s) will be calculated and available for the next meeting.

  • Douglas County Admin. Services staff are to track their time and other costs associated with the development of this sewer benefit district.

APPOINTMENTS 09-29-03
Johnson made a motion to appoint Patty Jaimes as the Douglas County voting delegate at the KAC meeting in the absence of County Commissioners.  Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.  Jones also requested that Weinaug brief the commissioners on issues to be discussed at the KAC meeting so that they can provide input to Jaimes.


ACCOUNTS PAYABLE 09-29-03
Jones moved approval of accounts payable in the amount of $479,019.09 to be paid 9/29/03. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.


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


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Bob Johnson, Chairman                         Jere McElhaney, Member


ATTEST:


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Patty Jaimes, County Clerk                    Charles Jones, Member