Value of new structures in Pottawatomie County up from 2011

By The Mercury

The value of structures for which Pottawatomie County issued building permits in November was more than triple the same period last year.

In his monthly update to county commissioners Monday, Gregg Webster, zoning administrator, reported 28 building permits issued for November at a value of $6,451,764. In November of 2011, the county issued 11 permits with a value of $1,801,000.

“It was a very busy month in November,” Webster told commissioners.

He noted, however, that the figures were a bit deceiving since one permit issued last month to Coonrod & Associates for a building in Green Valley Business Park was valued at $3.5 million.

“Even if you throw that out, the total is still almost double from last year,” Webster said.

Webster said another building will be going up in the business park east of Manhattan––a warehouse for a potato chip distributor––and that more residential building lots would soon be available in Blue Township with planned subdivisions coming online.

“Sometime next year we could have another 120 lots available,” Webster said.

In other business Monday:

•Commissioners learned the county will receive a check for $600 from KCAMP, the county’s property and casualty insurance carrier, for having the third lowest loss ratio (6.52 percent) in Kansas.

Counties with a loss ratio of less than 15 percent receive the reimbursement from the carrier, according to Gary Yenzer, commission chairman.

•Commissioners approved interior color schemes for portions of the Pottawatomie County Justice Center, under construction at Westmoreland.

Representatives of the sheriff’s department and district court had already signed off on the color schemes, said Jeff Hancock, SMH Consultants, in his weekly report to the commission.

Hancock also reported that one interior masonry wall of the justice center had been reconstructed after a scan revealed the wall didn’t meet structural requirements.

The remaining walls were scanned last week and were determined to meet bid specifications, Hancock said.

•The commission approved a cereal malt beverage license for Onaga Golf Club.

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