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Motorists should see no change in tag renewals
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County Engineer Clark Rusco has reviewed plans to repair historic bridges with the Kansas Historical Preservation Office. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

 According to Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra, the vehicle tag renewal notices sent by the state will not change after all.

The amendment calling for vehicle renewal reminder notices to be sent by the Kansas Department of Revenue with all the renewal information (vehicle identification number, tag numbers, amounts due) passed when the state’s budget passed. “The customers should not see a change, nor will the cost for these notices be passed along to the counties as was previously anticipated,” Wondra said. 

The information was part of County Administrator Richard Boeckman’s biweekly departmental update. Other highlights included:

County Treasurer

• The Treasurer’s Office processed a total of 1,593 motor vehicle transactions between June 18 and July 1. Of those, 223 were titles for new vehicles. 

• The bookkeepers are in the process of reconciling the bank accounts. All daily work is current.   

Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock

In the past month, the Barton County Landfill took in:

The next household hazardous waste collection will be held 8 a.m. to noon at July 18 at the landfill. The Barton County Landfill has items for reuse from the recent HHW collections. Stop by the landfill and take advantage of this free service. For more information on recycling, household hazardous waste, or regular household waste, call the landfill at 620-793-1898.

• 947 tons of Municipal Solid Waste

• 448 tons of Construction/Demolition Waste

• 190 tons of Special Waste

• 622 loads of waste received for disposal

• $58,866.14 of revenue generated through disposal fees

County Engineer Clark Rusco

• Reviewed repair plans for stone bridges with the Kansas Historical Preservation Office. Their office has not made a final ruling for repairs using steel plates and grouting.

• Conference call with the architect and the Kansas Department of Transportation concerning final plan requirements for the K-4 Overlook Tower. As it looks now, bids for this project won’t be let until early 2016 instead of by this year’s end.


Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips 

Road and Bridge

• Asphalt work, patching and overlay work continued north of Claflin and in the Odin area.

• Bridge work was completed south of Odin and culvert work continued as scheduled.

• Sign work continued as requested and scheduled. Several signs were damaged by harvest machines but were repaired as notified.

• Mechanical work occurred daily.

• Staff members had emergency call out for high water in western Barton County on Friday night, June 26. Water was crossing several roads in Clarence Township and barricades were set accordingly. 

• Mowing on west Barton County Road was performed in preparation for the Barton County Fair.

• Cones and barricades were made available to the Barton County Fair Board for use during the fair. 

Noxious Weed

• Staff continues spraying noxious weeds such as musk thistle, bindweed and Johnson grass along county, state and township right of way.

• Pasture spraying for musk thistle and bindweed continued as weather allowed.

Memorial Parks

• Flowers were picked up to facilitate mowing before the Fourth of July holiday.

• Trees and debris were removed after winds damaged the area.

• Construction of the east fence in Golden Belt Memorial Park was completed during the period.