Local preservationists to hold summitt to discuss endangered properties

By The Mercury

Local preservationists will convene Thursday to discuss the future and direction of their efforts in what is being billed as a “historic summit.”

The get-together, being held at 6:45 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall, is being organized by the Riley County Historical Society, the Manhattan-Riley County Preservation Alliance, and the Manhattan Historic Resources Board.

Cheryl Collins, director of the Riley County Historical Museum, told county commissioners Monday the summit is open to all interested parties. Scheduled session topics include a look at properties identified as “most endangered,” using tax credits for restoration, and aid in researching property history.

County officials have scheduled a second event for Thursday, this one a home buying seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. at CiCo Park. Jennifer Wilson, the county’s extension director, said the summit will feature real estate agents, bankers and mortgage companies, and is designed for those interested in learning more about the home-buying process.

Treasurer’s office closing

County treasurer Eileen King said the county treasurer’s office will be closed Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon in order to allow employees to attend a funeral. Because Wednesday is the last day for people whose names begin with the letter ‘A’ to purchase license plates, King said the office will remain open beyond its normal 5 p.m. closing hour Thursday to accommodate those who need to buy plates. She also encouraged those needing to get plates in February not to wait until the last minute to do so.


Irrigation bids

Flint Hills Landscape submitted the apparent low bid for an irrigation system for the public works administration building when those bids were opened Monday morning.

The Flint Hills bid was $22,341. The net low among five bids, from Blueville Nursery, was $32,349.18.


Appraisal notices

Officials of the Appraiser’s office said Monday that mailing of change of value notices ahs been completed, and those wishing to schedule appeal hearings may do so through March 19. The full list of property values can be viewed via themercury.com

Residential property values were up 2.8 percent from 2011, while commercial values increased 1.3 percent. The biggest jump was in exempt property, the value of which increased 16 percent from 2011. Exempt property now comprises more than one-quarter of the total property valuation in the county.

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