April property sales outpace those for same month last year

By The Mercury

Property sales in Pottawatomie County continued at a brisk pace last month, eclipsing April sales for the previous three years by a considerable margin.

There were 60 property sales in the county during April, compared to 49 during the same period last year, Appraiser Lois Schlegel told county commissioners Monday during her monthly department update.

“We’re doing very well again last month,” Schlegel said, noting that 16 of the sales were vacant lots, indicating a continuation of brisk residential building activity.

“We’re seeing lots of vacant lot sales, so we should see another good month for the county in building permits,” Schlegel said.

Schlegel also reported her office has completed 135 hearings for 2013 property valuations — an average number — and sent out personal property valuations the first of May.

Following her update, commissioners approved a motion appointing Schlegel as county appraiser for another four-year term.

In other business Monday:

• Andrea Karnes, office manager for the Pott County attorney, said arraignments for violations at the 2013 Country Stampede have been scheduled for September 5-6.

Karnes and Sherri Schuck, county attorney, presented their monthly department update Monday.

The arraignments will be for violators who are ticketed but not arrested during the annual country music event below Tuttle Creek Dam.

“Most of them will go for a diversion so we can do the paperwork without them appearing in court,” Karnes said.  Tickets are normally issued by law enforcement authorities for relatively minor offenses such as minor in possession or providing alcohol to minors, she said. This year’s Country Stampede is scheduled for June 27-30. Last year there were no major felony cases resulting from the event.

“Hopefully, it will be the same this year,” Schuck said.

• Dustin Trego, management assistant, reported 246 riders and 867 trips on the county’s two mini buses last month.

“The county’s fuel barrel is saving us a ton of money,” Trego said, noting that the Public Works Department’s bulk fuel sot of $3.35 per gallon is considerably less than the current price of $4.

The county’s two mini buses consumed 454 gallons of fuel in April, he said.

• The commission approved a variance allowing the Farmers Cooperative at Onaga to widen its entrance off Western St. to accommodate better traffic flow for semis.

Darin Marti, manager, said widening the entrance would be done in conjunction with construction of a new office and scales on the east side of the warehouse. The office and scales are currently located on the west side of the property and semis enter from Oak St.

• Adopted a resolution scheduling a public hearing for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, for consolidation of county fire districts.

The proposed consolidation includes all but two of the district overseen by the county: Fire Districts 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10.

“All but two of the districts are on board,” County Counselor John Watt told commissioners. “We’re ready to go with those who are willing.”

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