County Government

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The state of Kansas will now collectively enter Phase 2 Friday after Governor Laura Kelly made the decision to end 1.5 early with each county having their own specific plan.

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Editor’s Note: These plans were announced at a meeting last Friday, prior to Tuesday’s announcement by Governor Laura Kelly that she was allowing Kansans to move into a modified Phase 2 on Friday, May 22.

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Whenever it is allowable for the public to re-enter the Atchison County Courthouse again they are likely to realize the implementation of a few things that some might say are the new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It is with caution that Chief Health Officer Lori Forge, RN and county health officials presented the four-phase, 12-page reopening plan in wake of the coronavirus pandemic to county commissioners last Friday.

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Atchison County commissioners virtually gathered Friday afternoon and met county health leaders to discuss updates about the impact of life as we now know it in wake of the pandemic.

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The Atchison County Commission Board members virtually interviewed candidates Wednesday in effort to fulfill the public works director position.

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Atchison County will be subject to a stay-at-home order starting 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, unless sooner amended, superseded, or rescinded.

The budget season is about to widen as another round of discussions between commissioners and department heads focus on the wish lists and needs of county government.

County officials are expecting the delivery sooner than later that goes hand in hand with the new ambulance, and rounds out a list of equipment purchases for Atchison County EMS.

About $949,787 worth of unpaid taxes, special assessments, penalties and interests are represented in the most recent tax sale proceeding involving 113 properties filed last week in district court.

The man who came to assume the lead role in charge of the county’s road and bridge department has been terminated within six months of starting his job.

A southeastern Atchison County man is the first person to officially throw his hat into the political ring for a run for one of open positions for the 2020 election.

Whenever emergency lights and sirens are fast approaching, be ready to move on over because the shiny, brand new Ambulance No. 793 has arrived and is ready to roll.