ATA Bus groundbreaking Friday

By Burk Krohe

The director of the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency (ATA Bus) informed county commissioners Monday that Friday will be the groundbreaking on the agency’s new building.

Anne Smith invited commissioners to the groundbreaking, which will start at 10 a.m. The facility will be built with funds from a $2 million grant. Smith said the new 11,000-square-foot facility includes maintenance, storage and office space. She said it will allow the agency to expand.

“It’s been more than two years in the making and we’re really excited at the opportunity,” Smith said. “We’re very grateful for all the support that we’ve had.”

Commissioner Karen McCulloh echoed Smith’s feelings.

“We’re very excited about it,” McCulloh said. “It’s going to be wonderful.”

County appraiser Greg McHenry also informed commissioners Monday that the appraiser’s office will be performing its annual reviews of county properties. McHenry said there have been reports of people impersonating appraisers in Pottawatomie County. He said the office wishes to inform people about Riley County’s process to ease concerns.

Appraisers are each assigned geographical areas of the county. When arriving at properties, appraisers will attempt to locate the resident, identify themselves and explain the reason for being there. They will also ask residents to verify property characteristics.

“We simply ask if you have any questions to contact our office,” McHenry said.

The phone number for the appraiser’s office is (785) 537-6310.

Also Monday, Dennis Peterson, county noxious weed director, noted Howie’s Recycling will now handle the disposal of electronic waste (e-waste). Previously, the county disposed of e-waste at the county shops. Peterson said there will be a grace period where the county will still take e-waste but said in the future, residents should plan on taking old televisions, monitors and computers to Howie’s.

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