Residential construction still rising

By The Mercury

Residential construction continues to flourish in Pottawatomie County.

Zoning Administrator Gregg Webster told county commissioners Monday that building permits issued for new dwellings totaled 63 through the first six months of 2014––the highest number in at least the past five years.

The total is two more than last year and more than double the number of new dwelling permits issued during the first six months of 2012 and 2011.

“Things picked up quite a bit in June for new dwelling units,” Webster said. Sixteen building permits valued at $3,051,850 were issued in June, and all but one were for new dwellings, according to figures provided by Webster. Of the 15 residential permits issued in June, 11 were within the boundaries of the Blue Township Sewer District east of Manhattan, according to Webster.

In other business Monday:

• Tim Eisenbarth, Noxious Weed director, said all but one of the county’s recycling trailers have been converted to co-mingling recyclables.

“It seems to be working fairly well,” Eisenbarth said. “The turnaround time is fairly fast.”

The Pottawatomie Recycling Program began co-mingling recyclables recently rather than having trailers for each type of material. The co-mingled materials are transported to Howie’s in Manhattan rather than the recycling center at Nemaha County, saving time and fuel costs.

Eisenbarth also reported a chemical sprayer was damaged recently while being pulled by a private user whose pickup caught fire, damaging the sprayer’s tank and motor.

The user has submitted the incident to his insurance company, Eisenbarth said.

• The commission approved the low bid of $1,600 from White Star for a new Bobcat S-530 skid loader for the Noxious Weed Department.

The bid includes trade-in for the current skid loader which has 212 hours of use.

• Leu Lowrey, public works director, reported the county landfill office had been broken into for the second time in the last few months.

The exterior was dented as a result of the break-in, but it appeared nothing was stolen, Lowrey said, noting he is still awaiting a report from the sheriff’s department.

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