Douglas County to host first Government Day celebration for community

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The first Douglas County Government Day event is set for Tuesday, April 23, as part of National County Government Month.

Staff members with the sustainability office will be handing out seeds and information about the community garden program and other initiatives. Folks with Douglas County Emergency Management will have a “Wheel of Misfortune” game, and they plan to showcase their new trailer, according to a news release about the event.

The event will include touch-a-truck activities with equipment from Public Works, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, Consolidated Fire District No. 1, Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, Emergency Communications and Maintenance, according to the release.

District Court staff members will be there to talk about the self-help office and the citizen review board, and emergency communications staff members will demonstrate how they can set up a 911 dispatch system remotely.

Douglas County/Contributed photo Douglas County Public Works staff members will have equipment on display, and kids will be able to get up in the trucks and a loader. 

Staff members with the Criminal Justice Services, District Attorney, Clerk/Elections, GIS, Appraiser, Treasurer, Register of Deeds and Administration departments and offices will also be present, according to the release.

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health will be there with their mobile vehicle, offering free blood pressure checks along with general health information, according to the release. There will also be information available about the Treatment & Recovery Center and Engage Douglas County.

Douglas County/Contributed photo Staff members of Consolidated Fire District No. 1 station will have equipment on display.

“We are excited to host a fun event to share our important services with the community,” Douglas County Administrator Sarah Plinsky said in the release. “From maintaining roads and providing public safety to supporting human services and conducting elections, we are proud to serve Douglas County.” 

The event is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the Open Pavilion at the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 21st and Harper Streets in Lawrence. It’s free to attend and open to the public.

At 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., emergency communications staff will read a children’s book about calling 911, and at 5:30 p.m., sheriff’s office staff members will give a demonstration of life jacket safety.

Local food trucks Barbwire Barbecue and Torched Goodness will have food available for purchase, and 105.9 KISS FM and 92.9 The Bull will play music.

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