Despite a slight increase from September, October ended up being another lethargic month for Pottawatomie County property sales.
County appraiser Lois Schlegel reported to the county commission on Monday that 44 parcels were sold in the month of October. That’s up 14 from September’s total.
As of Monday, Pottawatomie County’s year-to-date total was 432 parcels, which is down 120 from the 2010 total.
Schlegel mentioned that a late surge of purchases was not out of the realm of possibility, as December has been one of the busiest months for the appraisers office in the last three years.
A series of hazardous waste spills prompted the Pottawatomie County commission to meet with emergency services director Chris Trudo on Monday to discuss the happenings.
A total of four incidents have occurred since September in various places throughout the county. Trudo says three of those instances ended with chemicals entering waterways.
“For all three we built dams, but we built underflow dams on two of them to allow water to continue to move,” Trudo said. “That trapped the hazardous material, which has ranged from diesel fuel to hydraulic oil.”
Trudo later added that anytime anything escapes its container, his department will do whatever is necessary to stop the hazardous materials from traveling downstream.
Winter is fast approaching and the Pottawatomie County public works department is taking the necessary measures to make sure your commute is safe.
Commissioner Gary “Red” Yenzer said on Monday that the public works department is in the process of clearing out ditches and doing some bridge work as well.
Public works director Leu Lowrey added that his department is stocked with winter supplies, and will be equipped to handle adverse weather conditions.