The Riley County Commission issued its approval for the Notice of Potential Noise Impacts (NOPNI), a document that informs homebuyers near Fort Riley about booms and other sounds emitted from the military base.

Chairman Ron Wells signed the document during the commission’s Thursday meeting. The mayors of Manhattan, Ogden and Riley already have signed the document, said Monty Wedel, planning/special projects director.

These cities are affected by the noises, and Leonardville and Randolph are north of the noise boundary.

The notice will appear on the deed of a house, structure or piece of land. The notice does not require a real estate agent or home seller to notify potential buyers about such noises or booms.

The Riley County Register of Deeds office will file these notices for all impacted properties.

The notice will be up on the Riley County website for a month for people to review, according to Wedel. It will be published officially after that time period, Wedel said.

In other action Thursday, commissioners:

  • Reached consensus on a future re-alignment study for Marlatt Avenue with the city of Manhattan. Leon Hobson, public works director and county engineer, said the city and county will likely split the cost half and half; the cost of the study is to be determined. City engineer Brian Johnson has to get input from the Manhattan City Commission still, he said. Officials will return to the commission with a contract and cost estimates in the future.
  • Approved an aerial imagery contract with Sanborn, a mapping company based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for images to be taken in Riley County. Official said it would likely happen next month.
  • Reviewed 2019 revenues with county treasurer Shilo Heger. The county ended 2019 with a total balance of $94 million, which is up from 2018’s total balance. In 2018, the county ended with a balance of $89.2 million. That is an increase of approximately 5.38% or $4.8 million.
  • Approved spending $15,000 from the county budget toward 2020 Census promotions. The money will be used toward purchasing materials such as posters and other advertising mechanisms promoting the census. Wedel said the city is also giving $15,000 for promotional materials.
  • Discussed the law change for purchasing tobacco with Julie Gibbs, director of the Riley County Health Department. As of late December, people must be 21 or older to purchase any tobacco products across the country. Gibbs said the health department has received a few inquiries about the law change. Gibbs also informed the commission about a new health department initiative, which is called the Flint Hills Mothers Milk Depot. Mothers can donate breast milk at the health department starting Jan. 13. The milk will then be shipped to the Heart of American Mothers Milk Bank in Kansas City for distribution to mothers and children in need.
  • Held a five-minute executive session for preliminary discussions pertaining to the acquisition of real property. The commission did not take any binding action following the executive session.