County considers tax foreclosure sale

By The Mercury

Pottawatomie County is close to filing a petition for a 2013 tax foreclosure sale, County Counselor John Watt told commissioners Monday.

Watt said he was picking up the final group of title searches that morning, documenting owners of property with delinquent taxes.

When the process began earlier this year, there were 134 parcels with delinquent taxes. That number has been pared considerably, however.

“It’ll probably be whittled down to a handful by the time of the sale,” Watt said, noting that letters to property owners has prompted some to pay back taxes. “At least that would be my hope.

“We’ve also been calling local banks (mortgage holders) and that has spurred a little activity. I think the banks have been helpful in that regard,” Watt told commissioners.

In other business Monday:


• The commission authorized Leu Lowrey, public works director, to negotiate an agreement with a survey company to act as the county’s official surveyor in a boundary disparity near Harvest Rd. in the southwest portion of the county.

Two different monuments located by two different survey firms mark the corner of the property, according to Lowrey. A third survey by a disinterested party is needed to finalize the boundary marker.

“It could be a matter of inches, it could be a foot or two feet, worst-case scenario,” Lowrey said, noting that the disparity has to be settled before the county can proceed with improvement plans to Harvest Rd.

Representatives of the two companies involved with the previous surveys ––Schwab-Eaton and Bartlett & West –– were present at the meeting. Harlan Ross of Schwab-Eaton said he hoped a third-party surveyor would take into account not only the mathematical, but the historical aspects of the boundary marker.

The county counselor cautioned commissioners on commenting on what could become a legal matter.

“Listen and leave it at that,” Watt advised.


• Robert Reece, county administrator, reminded commissioners that a representative of Truesdell Corporation, Tempe, Ariz., would be in the county Monday, November 4, to review its products and services and to view the Belvue Bridge to see if the span might be a candidate for a concrete polymer overlay.

Truesdell is the firm which last month used a concrete polymer to overlay a four-lane bridge at Kingman –– the first such repair of its kind in Kansas.

Wabaunsee County Commissioners will also be invited to Monday’s meeting and bridge inspection, Reece said.


• The commission approved the county holiday schedule for 2014, and approved an engagement letter with Reese & Novelly to conduct the county audit for the coming year.


• The commission entered executive session for 30 minutes for preliminary discussions on the acquisition of real estate. There was no action taken following the executive session.

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