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Potential pilot program could make recycling easier for residents in unincorporated Douglas County

Residents in unincorporated Douglas County may have an easier time recycling with a pilot program that may soon be put into motion.

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Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday asked staff to look into hiring an independent consultant to examine the county's Zoning and Codes Department.

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Douglas County commissioners reach consensus on 2016 budget; property taxes to remain constant

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday tentatively agreed on a 2016 budget that would hold property tax rates consistent with 2015. That spending plan may not calm the nerves of the Lawrence Community Shelter's leaders, who are concerned about the homeless shelter's finances.

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Douglas County will create a public building commission

In another effort to keep an option open to raise funds for upcoming construction projects, the Douglas County Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to establish a public building commission.

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Appeals court says Baldwin City woman can be charged with illegally hosting minors

Topeka — A Baldwin City woman may be charged with the crime of illegally hosting minors consuming alcohol, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday, reversing a decision from the Douglas County District Court.

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Douglas County commission approves hiring of education center leader

The Douglas County Commission approved the hiring of Marvin Hunt as executive director of an upcoming adult technical education center on Wednesday.

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Douglas County considering jail expansion

Douglas County officials are considering ways to expand the county jail. "We are starting to see the numbers of inmates go up and their needs are changing, so we have started looking at what we need to do to improve our facility," Sheriff Ken McGovern said.

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Appeals court considering case of Baldwin City mother who hosted teen drinking party

A Baldwin City mom admitted in court documents to letting her teenage daughter and underage friends party at her home one night last summer as she drank along with them. Yet Sherry Haskell was not found guilty of unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcohol.

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Douglas County Commission approves agritourism regs, ends moratorium

Douglas County is back in the business of accepting applications for agritourism operations after the Board of Commissioners approved new regulations and rescinded its moratorium on applications Wednesday.

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Two upgrades to CR 1055 listed on Douglas County CIP for 2014-2018

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a 2014-18 capital improvement plan, a rolling five-year playbook for construction and renovation projects in the county.

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County allows wind energy company to apply for construction of two meteorological towers west of Baldwin City

The Douglas County Commission will allow NextEra Energy Resources, the largest wind energy developer in the United States, to proceed in the application process to erect two meteorological towers in the countryside to study the area's wind patterns.

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Douglas County adopts budget transparency reforms

Some outside agencies that receive county funding will undergo more reporting and monitoring under a measure that Douglas County commissioners approved Wednesday. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a modified version of a plan that Commissioner Mike Gaughan introduced two weeks ago.

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County looking at budget, purchasing reforms

Private entities that receive public money from Douglas County would have to provide more disclosure about how they spend that money under a proposal being considered by the County Commission. Commissioner Mike Gaughan outlined a package of reforms he wants to see enacted in the coming year. Some would apply to items and services purchased directly by county agencies.

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New year brings new technology for public safety

Sheriff's office expanding social media

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County approves new water plant east of Lawrence

Residents speak out against plant they say would encourage sprawl

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Private roads remain thorny issue for the county

Private road southwest of Baldwin City discussed at county commission meeting

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Douglas County commissioners say telecommunications decisions will save money

Douglas County commissioners made two decisions Wednesday that are expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in telecommunication costs.

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Heritage task force plans how to spend $350K

More than half of the $350,000 the Douglas County Commission has set aside for preserving historic and open spaces should be used for one or two major projects.

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Douglas County appraiser uncertain about direction of tax bills

With mill levies going up and the values of homes remaining stagnant or going down, the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office isn’t sure which direction tax bills will go.


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