Commission Board Meeting on Mon, December 1, 2003 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Information

  • Convene
  • Pledge of Allegiance

 (1) (a) Consider approval of  Commission Orders
(b) Consider approval of Notice to Townships (Patty Jaimes)

 (2) Consider response to letter from United States Board on Geographic Names for comments on proposal from City of Lawrence to name an unnamed stream in Douglas County, Burroughs Creek. (Craig Weinaug)

 (3) Consider approval of sign recommendation, including revisions (Jackie Waggoner)

 (4) Consider approval of 2004 Cost of Living Adjustment (Pam Madl)

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

 (6) Adjourn

Johnson called meeting to order at 9:04 A.M. on Monday, December 1, 2003, with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Jones moved approval of the following Consent Agenda:

  • Approve Commissioners Order No. 5181 and 5182. Orders are on file in the office of the County Clerk; and
  • Authorize Notice to Townships for cereal malt beverage licenses to Grant Township for Wesley R. Kabler, d/b/a The Bird of Lawrence, and Wesley R. Kabler, d/b/a Flamingo Catering; and Eudora Township for Larry Stewart, d/b/a Gilded Cage.

Motion was seconded by Johnson and carried unanimously.

The Board discussed a proposal from the City of Lawrence to name an unnamed stream in Douglas County Burroughs Creek. Craig Weinaug, County Administra tor, explained that the United States Board on Geographic Names submitted a letter in reference to a proposal that the Board received to name an unnamed stream in Douglas County, Burroughs Creek. The Board is responsible by law for standardizing geographic names for use by the Federal Government, and its members must approve a new name before it can be applied to Federal maps and publications. Because local acceptance of any proposed name is of para mount importance to the Board, they were interested in receiving the recommen dation of the Douglas County Commissioners regarding the proposal. Scott Wagner, representative of the City of Lawrence Department of Legal Services, submitted the proposal. The stream is a 4.2 km (2.6 mi) long tributary of the Kansas River. The proposed name change is in honor of William S. Burroughs, the noted "Beat Generation" writer who lived in Douglas County, Kansas begin ning in 1981. In the fall of 1982, Mr. Burroughs moved to 1927 Learnard Avenue to a house which is adjacent to the creek. He lived at this location until his death in August 1997, a period of nearly 15 years. McElhaney stated he would not support this proposal as he had conducted some research on Mr. Burroughs noting he had a drug problem and led a revolutionary lifestyle. He believed this would send the wrong message. Jones stated that Mr. Burroughs was also a great literary figure. His contributions should not be dismissed by the negative aspects of his life. Johnson stated he would prefer not to take a position. No action was taken.

At it's meeting on November 3, 2003, the Board discussed exterior signs for the Douglas County Courthouse and Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. It was the consensus of the Board at that time to table discussion until the historic review had been conducted. Jackie Waggoner, Purchasing Agent, explained that as a result of the review, recommendations were made to reduce the number of exterior signs, and decrease the size of the signs. Two (2) of the four (4) signs have been eliminated and the size has been changed from the original 4' X 10'- 10" to 3' X 6'-11". Administrative approval has been received from the Historic Resources Administrator. Based on the changes, Luminous Neon, the low bidder, has submitted the following revised bid:



Interior Sign for Courthouse



2-Exterior Free Standing Directory Signs



2-Exterior Free Standing Directory Signs



Interior Courthouse Directory



Judicial & Law Enforcement Center



Credit for Design






Jones made a motion to accept the low bid submitted by Luminous Neon in the amount of $16,695.50; McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unani mously.

The Board considered approval of the 2004 Cost of Living Adjustment for 2004. The 2004 approved budget contains a one and one-half percent (1.5%) cost of living adjustment for County employees. Jones made a motion to approve the 1.5% Cost of Living Adjustment for 2004 as budgeted and directed staff to remind the workers of the protection provided with regard to health insurance increases. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.

Jones moved approval of accounts payable in the amount of $115,406.76 to be paid 12/01/03; accounts payable manual checks in the amounts of $14,917.57 and $3,027.04; payroll in the amount of $576,711.61; and electronic funds transfers in the amounts of $42,106.67 for FICA and $30,030.57 for KPERS to be paid 11/26/03. 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


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Patty Jaimes, County Clerk Charles Jones, Member


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