Pottawatomie County vote totals are now official. County Clerk Nancy McCarter says the vote canvass took a little over an hour but it went well and she was especially pleased with the number of voters who cast their ballots.
58% of registered voters participated in last week’s mid-term election. McCarter says she thinks that’s the highest governor election turnout her county has ever had. There were 201 provisionals which is higher than usual, but McCarter says that was expected.
County Commissioners Monday approved the low bid from Larson Construction for street, sewer and water improvements in Wildcat Woods Phase III. As reported last week, Larson’s bid was the only one received for the project, but it did come in under the engineer’s estimate. The lone bid was for $207,249.50.
Commission Chair Stan Hartwich tells KMAN another item brought up last week resurfaced,with County Counselor John Watt addressing commissioners on Mariadahl Road. While the current owners want to reopen that road, by state statute there are several things that need to be done, and Watt has notified them of mandates needed before it could be opened.
In other business, Commissioners heard from Public works Director Leu Lowrey regarding a project involving the city of Manhattan. Commissioners received a memo from Rural Water District Number one, stating the construction of the city of Manhattan connection should be completed by late summer or early fall of 2015.
Lowery also reported on 2014 water usage in Timber Creek, with about 35 million gallons used, well under the 60 million gallon limit.
Hartwich indicates the Register of Deeds, Betty Abitz, checked in with commissioners, with 113 mortgages filed in the month of October and 79 sales for the month. The amount of the mortgages have been decreasing recently.