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Appraiser continuing re-inspections

Resealing of county roads now underway

POSTED August 9, 2018 4:00 p.m.

 The Barton County Appraisers Office is currently finishing its annual re-inspection of 17 percent of the county as required to state law, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld indicated to the County Commission Monday morning. 

The office will continue to work in the field inspecting properties that have sold recently and/or have building permits. The staff will have nametags and will be in county-marked vehicles. 

In other appraisal news, Esfeld said her department is beginning studies to help build models for the 2019 valuation cycle. This will consist of interviews with builders, bankers and homeowners to obtain construction cost, interest rate and other valuable information. 

The county has also mailed out Income and Expense questionnaires on some properties to assist in building models used to calibrate the income approach to value. “This is very important since the county values property using a mass appraisal system by performing the cost, market and income approaches to value,” Esfeld said.

Mass appraisal is the use of standardized procedures for collecting data and appraising property to ensure all properties are valued uniformly and equitable, she said. It is the process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date (Jan. 1, 2019), using common data, employing standardized methods and conducting statistical tests.

Mass appraisal techniques are used when determining the fair market value of properties within a jurisdiction.

Esfeld’s report was part of a county services update presented to the commission by County Administrator Phil Hathcock. Among the other topics were:

County Works Director Darren Williams

• Road and Bridge has, as of Monday, July 30, overlayed 30 miles using approximately 23,000 tons of cold mix. This started in June and, in general, included roads south of U.S. 56 from the Rice County line west to the Radium Road (SW 50 Avenue) and south to the Stafford County line.

County personnel will begin sealing this week. This will encompass 95 miles of roads and will take into the fall to complete.

This is a costly venture. The overlay costs between $45,000 and $50,000 per mile, and the sand-seal costs about $9,500 per mile.

The department tackles roughly the same number of miles of blacktops each year.

In addition, the dirt crew has been busy cleaning road bottoms and culverts mostly in the western part of the County.

• Noxious Weed has been busy spraying township roads and starting on KDOT and county roads. Chemical sales in the office have been pretty steady the past month. 

County Engineer Barry McManaman

• L&M Contractors placed the concrete for the new bridge deck on East Barton County Road. The Engineering Technician has been performing inspection duties.

• Venture Corporation completed the hot mix asphalt overlay project on East Barton County Road in and west of Ellinwood. The Engineering Technician was on site doing inspection work.

• The Cartographer finished her work on the Census Addressing Project. She also received and delivered the new aerial photography to local officials in Great Bend, Hoisington, Ellinwood, and Claflin.

• The County Engineer issued two floodplain permits for new oil pipeline projects in the northern part of the County. He also provided floodplain information and/or issued permits to several parties who want to build structures in or near floodplains.

Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller

• Miller attended an exercise planning meeting for the Central Kansas Wetlands Sub-area. The area covers Barton, Stafford, Rice, Reno and Sedgwick counties. An exercise is being developed for fall at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County. 

Communications and damage information collection will be part of the exercise objectives.

• The South Central Regional Homeland Security Council developed projects for the 2019 grant year. Projects are based upon closing the gaps in an annual needs assessment conducted by representatives in the 19-county region. 

Proposed projects include cybersecurity, technical rescue, communications, and hazardous devices training and response. Projects are designed to benefit all counties within the region and equipment is to be deployed to any of the member counties upon their request.

• The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the courthouse conference room.

Juvenile Services Director Marissa Woodmansee

• Juvenile Intake and Assessment has completed 24 intakes since July 1.

• Juvenile Intensive Supervised Probation and Case Management is currently supervising 42 youth post adjudication with an additional four on pre-adjudication supervision and two on bond supervision with GPS units attached to their ankles.

• Project Stay is the case management program for youth who have truancy issues and currently provides case management for 19 youth in the 20th Judicial District.

• Immediate Intervention (diversion supervision) has 35 youth currently participating. 



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