County hearing budget requests

By The Mercury

Riley County is entering its fiscal year 2013 budget development phase.

The county commission heard budget requests from planning and development, the county counselor, the county appraiser, community corrections, Big Lakes Development Center and the register of deeds during Monday’s meeting.

On Thursday, the county commission will hear from Pawnee Mental Health, Riley County Extension, Riley County Council on Aging, Riley County Genealogical Society, the IT-GIS department, and county treasurer.

Later in the month, budget work sessions will begin.

The commission approved recommendations from the Solid Waste Committee during the meeting, which will allow for some price increases to account for a budget shortfall.

The price of commercial brush will increase from $3 per ton with a $3 minimum to $10 per ton with a $5 minimum.

The price of compost being sold is increasing from $10 per ton with a $2 minimum to $20 per ton with a $10 minimum.

Gary Rosewicz, assistant county engineer, said the increases would likely occur on Aug. 1.

Delays should be expected this week as a liquid dust control material is applied on Pillsbury Crossing Road and Deep Creek Road on Wednesday, and Wildcat Creek Road on Thursday.

Traffic will be allowed through these projects, but drivers should expect delays and are advised to take alternate routes when possible.

The 24th annual Manhattan area garden tour is taking place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The locations will be Riley County Shops, 6215 Tuttlecreek Blvd.; Kansas State University Gardens, 1500 Denison Ave.; Diana and Kevin Blake, 808 Brierwood Drive; Karla and Steve Fisher, 825 Dehoff Drive; Karen and Ray Thompson, 2020 Skyler Circle; and Frank Schmeidler, Ralph Diaz and neighbor, 412 Kearney St.

Tickets are $8 on the day of tour at any tour location.  Children 12 and under are free.

Advance tickets for $7 are available at the Riley County Extension Office and most local garden centers. Proceeds benefit the KSU Gardens.

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