By TIM HORAN
Dickinson County Appraiser Bruce Wright and his staff received a report card from the Kansas Department of Revue.
The grade? 101.5, which is not perfect, but close.
“What we are looking for is perfect, which is 100,” County Administrator Brad Homman said.
He presented the results of the year-to-date sales report for the appraisals office at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Dickinson County Commission on Thursday.
Homman said that the acceptable appraised value ratio to sales range is between 98 and 103.
“Once again I am proud to say that the appraisers’ office has hit near perfect on their assessments for eight months of the year,” Homman said. “Their appraisals were just slightly below what the actual sales were, which, if you are going to have a deviation, slightly below is a little better to the tax payer.”
He reported that since January, 99 properties sold for $10,000,717 in the county.
“It’s good to see that sales are slightly above what they are appraised,” County Commission Chairman LaVerne Myers said. “From a public standpoint we can’t be accused of over appraising.”
Also in his report, Homman said the overlay project to county roads is 95 percent complete. The only road left is 1900 Avenue from K-15 to Eden Road.
“They shouldn’t have any problem getting that done next week,” he said. “Everything is going well.
Homman said the country crews are out doing driveways and shoulder work.
“A little patience will be appreciated,” he said.
Clean up week
Dickinson County is hosting a fall clean up Sept. 22-27. Incorporated cities will be able to bring items to the landfill that week.
Residents of the county will be able to use the transfer station Sept. 26-27 and half day the 28 without charge.
“The reason we only do the 2-1/2 days is simply that it takes extra personnel on our part,” Homman said. “We have to rob some staff to go out there and help. There are so many people that bring things in we have to unload vehicles from them. We just don’t have the staff to be up there the full week.”
The City of Abilene will also be hosting a clean up week from Sept. 23 through Sept. 27.
Homman said the Kansas Department of Transpiration plans to complete road work on Old Highway 40 just east of Detroit in 30 days.
“They are working very diligently and the weather has been cooperative,” he said.
The county approved both a temporary and a permanent easement at the intersection of 1st Street and Buckeye Avenue for the City of Abilene. Commissioners were told the city intends to widen the intersection to accommodate the semi-tractor trailers.
“The widened corners will not conflict with the sidewalk or the parking lot,” Homman said.
Commission Craig Chamberlin said the widened corners will also the track to make the turn without jumping the curb.
The county also approved several change orders to the Detroit Sewer project totaling $40,487. Homman reported with the added expense the project is $63,000 under budget.
The commissioner approved adding wording to the AG-40 regulations. Added wording: “If a parcel of land is located within 3 (three) miles of a city limit that contains an active school: The minimum lot width of a lot shall be 360 feet and the minimum depth of the lot shall be 360 feet”
“It tends to promote growth closer to the incorporated communities, which is consistent with our comprehensive plan,” Homman said, adding that the new zoning regulations gives land owners the opportunity to purchase smaller lots.
“I think this will be helpful overall,” Commissioner Lynn Peterson said before his motion.
The commission also did the following actions:
• voted to have Duane Patrick out of McPherson continue to represent the Kansas Association of Counties with the National Association of County Organization;
• approved the minutes of the work study session and regular meeting from Aug. 29, abatements of $96.14 and wire payments of $9,031.74.