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Property sales down in August

By The Mercury

Property sales in Pottawatomie County took a breather in August, but are still on track to top total sales for 2012.

“I feel we will probably bypass last year’s sales appraiser Lois Schlegel told county commissioners Monday. “I’m pretty confident that will happen.”

There were 63 property sales in August, a significant drop from the 99 sales the previous month and below the 75 sales in August of 2012. But the total was still ahead of the 51 sales in August of both 2010 and 2011, according to Schlegel’s figures.

The August property sales included 36 residential, one commercial, 15 vacant lots and eight farmsteads or ag land.

In other business:

• Jim Jenkins, assistant public works director, said the sheriff’s annex west of the courthouse at Westmoreland is to be moved this week.

The structure, which formerly housed the sheriff’s department, is being relocated to the county shop yard and will be remodeled for offices and a conference room.

• John Watt, county counselor, said the process for another tax foreclosure sale is progressing, with 134 tracts being researched for possible sale to satisfy unpaid back taxes.

“People have been coming in, slowly but surely (to pay the taxes),” Watt said. “Obviously, they’ll be able to do that up until the day of the sale.”A date for the foreclosure sale has not yet been established.

• Dustin Trego, management assistant, said August figures for operating the county’s mini-buses “are very, very close to the 2013 averages.”

With an operating cost of just over $2 per mile, Pott County has one of the least expensive transportation systems in the region, Trego said.

“I was glad to see that,” he said, showing a chart comparing operating costs of a number of area systems. “We’re operating very efficiently.”

• Bruce Brazzle, county fire supervisor, reported that work is progressing on the new Emergency medical services building at Onaga, and the first meeting of advisory board of Consolidated Fire District 1 was scheduled for Wednesday.

The new fire district, approved in June, consolidated seven of the 12 districts under the county’s jurisdiction into a single district.

• Commissioners discussed a hazardous 90-degree curve on Franklin Rd. north of St. George, where five accidents have occurred in the past year.

“A lot of people use the road to get into St. George from the north,” said Commissioner Gary Yenzer.

Yenzer said he would like to see the county put a chip-and-seal surface on nearby Rockenham Rd. to encourage use of that road rather than Franklin Dr.

• The commission approved a low bid of $27,685 from Blueville Nursery for landscaping around the new Pott County Justice Center.

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