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No Jury Trials on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 new

There are no jury trials on Wednesday, March 20th. All jurors ...



4:00 p.m. - WORK SESSION
(1) 2020 Budget Preparations (Sarah Plinsky/Jill Jolicoeur)

-Consider approval of the minutes for March 6 and March 13, 2019.

I.Action Item: Administrative Items 
 - Determine quorum of members, agenda approval 
 - Approval of February meeting minutes 
 - Review Council roster: discuss open positions and verify current contact information 
 - Vice Chair nominations
 - Budget overview (FPC $3,735.27; Kansas Alliance for Wellness Capacity Building Grant $6,305.67) 

II. Public Comment 

III. Discussion Item: Retreat Reflections 

ADDRESSING THE COMMISSION:  Public comment will be taken for each regular agenda item as each item is discussed.  Individuals will be limited to one comment per agenda item.
Individuals are asked to come to the microphone, sign in, and state their name.  We ask that you sign in so that we can get the spelling of your name correct in the minutes of the meeting. Speakers should address all comments/questions to the Commission.


Beginning Monday, March 25, weather permitting, Queens Road (East 1000 Road) will be closed to through traffic from the Wakarusa Drive intersection to Route 438 (North 1800 Road; Farmers Turnpike).

Unusually severe winter weather conditions and recent wet weather have combined to significantly damage rock-surfaced roads in rural Douglas County.  Local rock-surfaced roads that are maintained by the nine townships in Douglas County have been particularly impacted.  Township resources are severely strained in trying to repair damaged roads.  The Board of County Commissioners requests patience from residents and travelers on township-maintained local roads while the townships work diligently to repair damaged roads.

Douglas County’s Public Works Department wants to remind Douglas County residents about the Kansas Noxious Weed Law. It requires residents who own or supervise land to control and eradicate weeds declared noxious by state legislative action. These weeds are Field Bindweed, Musk Thistle, Canada Thistle, Johnsongrass and Sericea Lespedeza.

Control is defined as preventing the production of viable seed and the vegetative spread of the plant.

Weather 101 will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Lawrence Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.  

Severe Weather Awareness Week 2019 is March 4th - 8th. All week long, visit this page or join us on social media to find preparedness tips and information on severe weather and thunderstorms.
Learn more about those who work for Douglas County by reading stories written by Communications Specialist Karrey Britt.

The Kansas Association of Counties along with Douglas County Commissioners recognized 31 Douglas County employees for their years of service during the Feb. 27 commission meeting. Together, these employees had a combined 504 years of service.

Employees earned certificates for eight years of service, and then certificates and pins for 16, 24 and 32 years of service. Three employees were recognized for 32 years of service: Information Technology Director Jim Lawson, Appraisal Manager II August Dettbarn and Public Works Administrative Officer Donna Miller.

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