Property sales up in March

By The Mercury

WESTMORELAND — Property sales in Pottawatomie County took a significant jump in March and remained consistent with sales for the same time period the previous two years.

There were 57 property sales in March, 16 more than the previous month and in line with sales in March of 2012 and 2013, appraiser Lois Schlegel told county commissioners Monday.

“It looks like we’re pretty consistent for the last three years in March,” Schlegel said, noting that most of the sales were either residential or vacant lots.

Of the 57 sales, 32 were residential, two commercial, 13 vacant lots and 10 farmsteads or agricultural land, according to Schlegel.

Schlegel also reviewed several bills pending before the Kansas Legislature and their potential impact on the county.

In other business Monday:

• Commissioners expressed concern for the lack of dirt work and grass seeding around the new justice center at Westmoreland.

“I’m getting a little frustrated and a little perturbed about it,” said commissioner Pat Weixelman. “I just feel like we’ve been put on the back burner.”

Weixelman noted that the time for getting a good stand of grass from spring seeding is nearly past.

• John Watt, county counselor, said he anticipated a tax foreclosure sale to be scheduled for sometime around mid-June.

District Judge Jeff Elder last week signed a journal entry of judgment authorizing the sale, giving the green light for Watt and Sheriff Greg Riat to schedule the sale after required public notification.

Approximately 30 parcels remain on the list of potential tax foreclosure due to delinquent property taxes, Watt told commissioners.

• The commission approved issuance of $505,000 in temporary notes to finance infrastructure for the Whispering Meadows Unit 2 housing subdivision in Blue Township.

• Lisa Wright said she is making plans to rearrange the county treasurer’s office to give patrons room to wait inside the office during busy times rather than waiting in the hallway.

• Chris Trudo, emergency management director,  said the county’s tornado sirens were not tested in April due to cloud cover and smoke from pasture burning. At the previous test in March, all the sirens worked properly, Trudo said.

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