County News Archive

Douglas County Food Policy Council tabling event

Food Policy Council seeking community's input about food trucks

Posted Monday, September 18, 2023 - 4:23pm

The Douglas County Food Policy Council is reviewing the permitting processes, fees and requirements for mobile food vendors in Douglas County.

The Food Policy Council’s goal is to facilitate conversations to help create equitable and fair regulations, provide sufficient resources and offer efficient systems and processes for food truck owners to operate in the community.

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Douglas County Courthouse

Courthouse construction project scheduled to begin Sept. 19

Posted Friday, September 15, 2023 - 10:16am

A construction project at the historic Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Lawrence is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 19. The project will waterproof the existing foundation of the building located at 1100 Massachusetts Street.

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County website receives upgrade on Sept. 7

Posted Thursday, September 07, 2023 - 8:00am

The Douglas County website – – received an upgrade on Sept. 7 with a refreshed design that includes more photos and new navigation tools.

Our focus is to make it easier for you to find information on the site quickly and efficiently. We will continue to add functionality to the website. We hope you like it as much as we do!

You can provide feedback by completing our website feedback form.

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Lawrence Community Shelter

City of Lawrence, Douglas County and Lawrence Community Shelter move to shared governance model

Posted Wednesday, September 06, 2023 - 1:30pm

The City of Lawrence, Douglas County, and Lawrence Community Shelter are committed to addressing the growing homelessness crisis in our community. The City and County’s recent affordable housing and homelessness strategic plan, A Place for Everyone, identifies the need for increased capacity and improved outcomes in emergency sheltering.

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Douglas County, City of Lawrence selected to national Alternative 911 Emergency Response Implementation Cohort

Posted Tuesday, September 05, 2023 - 3:34pm

The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) has selected Douglas County and the City of Lawrence as one of 14 jurisdictions nationwide to participate in their 2023-2024 Alternative 911 Emergency Response Implementation Cohort.  It’s an initiative designed to support city and county leaders in developing, improving and expanding unarmed alternative responses to 911 calls.

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Goats are being used at Wells Overlook Park to help control weeds on a steep hill.

Public Works hires goats for weed control

Posted Thursday, August 31, 2023 - 4:11pm

For the first time, Douglas County Public Works recently used goats to control weeds and woody vegetation on a steep slope at Wells Overlook Park where native grass had been planted and was struggling to get sunlight.

Since the slope is too steep for mowing and unsafe for hand cutting by employees, Public Works hired a company called “Goats On The Go” for the 0.9-acre site. The goat wrangler installed a temporary fence, dropped off approximately 50 goats, provided a water trough and checked on the goats daily. It took them 10 days to complete their task.

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Judicial and Law Enforcement Center

District Court among 10 courts selected for national Eviction Diversion Initiative grant

Posted Thursday, August 31, 2023 - 3:59pm

Douglas County District Court has received a grant from the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) Eviction Diversion Initiative to strengthen eviction diversion efforts and improve housing stability across Douglas County. It is one of 10 state and local courts selected through a competitive application process and review by an advisory council composed of state court chief justices and court administrators. 

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Treasurer's Office motor vehicle system scheduled to be down at noon August 17

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2023 - 11:18am

The Kansas Department of Revenue is scheduled to begin replacing a router at noon Thursday, August 17. It is anticipated to last 30 minutes, but could take up to two hours. No motor vehicle transactions can be processed during this time at the Douglas County Treasurer’s main and satellite offices.

Tax payments for real estate and personal property can still be accepted during the outage. If you have questions for the Treasurer’s Office, please call 785-832-5273. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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Douglas County seeking community's input for Open Space Plan

Posted Monday, August 14, 2023 - 4:55pm

Douglas County is seeking residents’ input about how open spaces could be preserved and used in ways that benefit the community into the future. Their input will be used to help establish a Douglas County Open Space Plan. The plan will be a broad policy guide toward prioritizing a range of ecosystems and land uses such as prairie, floodplain, agriculture, historic sites, trails and more.

The community can provide information by:

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Property owners to receive notice from Clerk's Office about estimated property taxes for 2023

Posted Thursday, August 10, 2023 - 11:13am

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office will be sending 45,990 notices to property owners on Friday, Aug. 11. It is not a bill.

The notification is for information purposes only. It includes estimated property taxes for 2023 and a list of public hearings that affect the owner’s taxes. A list of all public hearings can be found on the Douglas County website.

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Unofficial results for the primary election

Posted Tuesday, August 01, 2023 - 9:00am

The Douglas County Elections Office has posted the unofficial results for the primary election. The canvass will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Elections Office, 711 W. 23rd St. Suite 1.

For results:

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Digital report highlights collaborative efforts to improve, expand behavioral healthcare in Douglas County

Posted Monday, July 31, 2023 - 5:30am

Today, Douglas County released a digital report, “Rising to the Challenge: New Directions for Behavioral Health in Douglas County,” that outlines programs and services that have been implemented during the past five years. These services include a mobile crisis team, a Treatment and Recovery campus and an array of post-crisis community support services.

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