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Commission Board Meeting on Wed, September 12, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Meeting Agenda: 

4:00 p.m.

(1) (a)  Consider approval of Commission Orders;
  (b)  Consent Agenda authorization to solicit bids for a simple span culvert; Project No. 2018-54; Structure No. 08.01N-11.50E (Keith Browning)

(2) Tobacco 21 featuring youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence  - Vicki Collie-Akers
(3) CJCC Update (Robert Bieniecki) – No backup

(4) Approve an amended Community Partner Agreement for FY 2018 with DCCCA to provide psychiatry services.(Bob Tryanski);

(5) Consider approval of amended FY 2018 Community Partner Agreement with Heartland RADAC to expand Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) contract to serve the Lawrence Community Shelter (Bob Tryanski)

 (6) (a) Consider approval of Accounts Payable (if necessary)  
 (b) Appointments  
 -Board of Zoning Appeals (1) positions 10/17
 -Building Code of Appeals Board (2) positions 12/16
 -Community Corrections Advisory Board (1) position open (edu); (1) 08/31/18
 -Fire District No. 2 (2) positions 
 -JAAA Advisory Council (2) position
 -JAAA Board of Directors (1) position 
 -Joint Economic Development Council (2) positions
 -Lawrence-Douglas County Advocacy Council on Aging (2) open positions
 -MPO Bicycle Advisory Committee (1) position
 -Mental Health Board (1) position 04/18
 -Property Crimes Compensation Board (1) position
 -Senior Resource Center (1) position 12/31/18 
 (c)  Public Comment
 (d) Miscellaneous

(5) Adjourn


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

September 12, 2018

Thellman called the regular meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 with all members present.


Thellman moved approval of the following Consent Agenda:

► Authorized the Public Works Director to solicit bids for the supply and construction of a simple span structure with concrete deck for installation at 080.1N-11-50E; Project No. 2008-54.  


Motion was seconded by Derusseau and carried 3-0.

TOBACCO 21 09-12-18

Monica Dittmer, Boys & Girls Club, stated there is a statewide movement to raise the purchase age of tobacco to 21 (T21). She said the number one product used by teens today is the e-cigarette. There has been a 75% increase in teen use in the past year. Communities that have passed T21 have seen about a 50% reduction in teen smokers. She asked the Commission to consider passing a resolution prohibiting the sale of tobacco until age 21.

Ruth Gathunguri, Free State High School, stated she sees 18 year-old students purchasing e-cigarettes for younger students. There is a high percent of vaping in the school. The e-cigarette charger looks like a flash drive and many students charge their e-cigarettes in the classroom. Gathunguri also encouraged the Commission to consider passing a resolution in favor of T21.

Dr. David Goering, LMH Health, supports the T21 plan. He said teenagers are vulnerable to peer pressure. He feels raising the tobacco age to 21 would give teens three years to mature before making that decision to purchase tobacco.

Dr. Kim Richter, University of Kansas, is part of the “You Can Quit” program. She stated smoking causes one-third of all cancers. She advocated for T21.

Dr. Vicki Collie-Akers, Associated Director for Health Promotion Research Center for Community Health and Development Life Span Institute, University of Kansas, stated the FDA Commissioners called e-cigarettes an epidemic. She feels T21 would limit younger teens’ access from their 18 year old peers and 21 other communities in Kansas have passed T21.

Thellman stated the presentation was very compelling. The county counselor has not had a chance to review the resolution yet. The Commission will not consider any action at this meeting. She asked why the ordinance was challenged in Topeka and will be heard by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Tracie Russell stated the City of Topeka is the only community that has been challenged by two vaping businesses. They are trying to differentiate vaping products from traditional cigarettes and that vaping products are not a threat to health. The Attorney General gave an informal opinion that he believed the City of Topeka had home rule authority to enact the ordinance. The advocate group welcomes the review by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Thellman opened the item for public comment. No comment was received.

It was the consensus of the Board to have the County Counselor review the resolution and if appropriate, the resolution will be put on a future consent agenda for consideration.

CJCC UPDATE 09-12-18

Robert Bienieki, CJCC (Criminal Justice Coordinating Council) Coordinator, presented the results of the Huskey & Associates jail study, gave a recap of the studies and programs initiated by the CJCC and the Stepping Up initiative.

Studies initiated by the CJCC included:

  • Huskey & Associates
  • Literature review:  Jail Diversion, Crisis Center, & Mental Health Court
  • Exploration of Douglas County Jail Population Fluctuations
  • Jail Forecast
  • Criminal Case Processing
  • Stepping Up Intensive Technical Assistance
  • Law Enforcement Contact Study


Bieniecki reviewed the findings and recommendations from the studies which included improvements in criminal case processing, discussed the forecast for the Douglas County jail housing capacity requirements and the new programs implemented to reduce incarceration numbers.


Thellman opened the item for public comment. No comment was received.


No action was taken.



The item to approve an amended Community Partner Agreement for FY 2018 with DCCCA to provide psychiatry services was postponed.



Bob Tryanski, Behavior Health Coordinator, asked the Board to consider an amended FY2018 Community Partner Agreement with Heartland RADAC to expand the Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) contract to serve the Lawrence Community Shelter.


Jason Hess, RADAC, stated since April 1, RADAC has served 323 cases, which is a higher number than expected. RADAC is receiving referrals from the hospital, DCCCA, Bert Nash and Heartland. He gave an example of how the coordinated care with our local agencies is making a huge difference in getting individuals connected the care they need. Hess said RADAC is hoping to make a difference at the shelter with added staff support for a quicker response.


Sarah Jane Russell, CEO Lawrence Community Shelter, said she is focusing on Behavioral Health Care for some of the long-term shelter residents, which have been there as long as eight years. Their cases are more complex. The goal is always to make sure shelter residents preside in a safe and secure environment.


Thellman opened the item for public comment. No comment was received.


Thellman moved to approve the amended Community Partner Funding Agreement 2018 Budget Year with Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center (RADAC) contract. Motion was seconded by Derusseau and carried 2-0. (Commissioner Gaughan left the meeting for another appointment.)



Thellman moved to accounts payable in the amount of $388,051.96 to be paid on 09/13/18. Motion was seconded by Derusseau and carried 2-0.


Thellman moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion was seconded by Derusseau

and carried 2-0.




____________________________         ____________________________

            Nancy Thellman, Chair                               Michelle Derusseau, Vice-Chair



            ______________________________     _____________________________  

Jamie Shew, County Clerk                         Mike Gaughan, Member