ROLLOVER — Robert Bever, Public Works coordinator, shows the photo of the damage done on a county truck during the ice and snow storm. "The truck is not operational. Most of the damage was done to the cab. The bed looks fine but we will also check the frame for damage." The operator escaped with minor injuries with no lost time. He was wearing a seat belt. Courtesy Photo
ROLLOVER — Robert Bever, Public Works coordinator, shows the photo of the damage done on a county truck during the ice and snow storm. "The truck is not operational. Most of the damage was done to the cab. The bed looks fine but we will also check the frame for damage." The operator escaped with minor injuries with no lost time. He was wearing a seat belt. Courtesy Photo

The Montgomery County commissioners heard some discouraging words Monday during their regular meeting when Diane Carter from the Property Evaluation Division (PED) with the state of Kansas, who is the court appointed county appraiser as the position in the county has yet to be filled, informed the commission she has been looking at some of the issues in the county from the 2016 compliance records and the county has failed to make compliance points. 

"That means there were items that were not done correctly or not done at all in the county appraiser's office," said Carter. She did follow that statement up with the fact it is not unusual to see that happen throughout the state. "There are times when certain things fall through the cracks or they don't do it in a way to get their compliance points," said Carter, "However, if things are not done at all or are completely skipped over, the state looks at the reason these are not getting done properly."

Some of the areas the state looked at are: incoming expense, mobile home depreciation not completed, ratio study- the study from market value chosen to the actual value of the property sold, and Coefficient Of Dispersion (COD)- a measure of uniformity of appraisal for all properties, on residential for 2016.

The Legislature states the State must present to the county commissioners when a county is out of compliance. The state did indicate the county was not out of commercial compliance. 

Commissioner Ryan York expressed his concern the county is having in finding and hiring a certified appraiser. "Is there a way we can hire someone without the qualifications but has time to get that certification?" He was informed the county could hire someone as an interim  that is not certified for only six months. To become qualified they must have 6,000 hours of work plus the classes and case studies and eligible to be hired. "That is the state law," said Carter. 

Commissioners approved a request by Robert Bever, Public Works coordinator, to hire Leonhard Caflisch, retired architect, as a consultant for the renovation of the Montgomery County Court House. He will provide the specifications for bid documents for the renovation of the facility. Each contractor will have the same specifications from which to submit their bid. 

Scott Barnhart,Environmental/Health and Zoning director, asked the commission to approve a bid to treat the re-occupied area of the court house for air quality and mold samplings after water damage. He stated he had received a bid for the job. 

York informed Barnhart he needed to discuss the matter with the insurance company. 

In other business discussed:• The commissioners tabled a bid for carpet for the County Health office in Coffeyville until more vendors are given the opportunity to bid for the job

• Samantha Kudrick, Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce tourism director, provided a review of what they did for 2017 and on how the Chamber is marketing the city and area

• Toward the end of the meeting,York opened the discussion of a Countywide Neighborhood Revitalization program proposal. His goal is to have a plan in place by first quarter of this year and back date it to January. However, as Kelly Passauer, Independence assistant city manager, pointed out, "There is revenue the city and county are getting on current projects that will be delayed if this plan is put into effect and it will affect city's budgets (for this budget year)." She stressed to the commission the need to know what that impact will be on the cities of Independence and Coffeyville before they approach the different taxing entities with the countywide proposal.