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Description: All media and other inquiries should be directed to the Ford County Administrator, JD Gilbert. He can be reached through email at jgilbert@fordcounty.net or his office at 620-227-4670.

Law Regarding Party Affiliation Change
At this time, we are unable to accept any request to change party affiliation.  By law, from noon on June 1 through August 31, 2016, anyone affiliated with the Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian party may not switch to another party or elect to become unaffiliated. 
If you still wish to change your party affiliation after the August Primary Election, you will need to resubmit another voter registration application after September 1.
The Kansas Legislature passed a law in 2014 which prohibits voters from switching parties or disaffiliating from a party during the time from the candidate filing deadline through the time when the primary election results are certified by the State Board of Canvassers.  K.S.A 25‑3304


J.D. Gilbert was officially named as the Ford County Administrator on Monday, June 6, 2016 by the Board of Ford County Commissioners:
Shawn Tasset, Danny Gillum and Chris Boys.

It was a unanimous decision

Public Notice:

The Ford County Commissioners may be in attendance for the Business Appreciation Luncheon & Resource Fair at the Hoover Pavilion in Wright Park at 71 N 2nd Ave, Dodge City, Kansas on June 29, 2016 from 11:00 am. – 1:30 pm.

No Official Action will be taken.

Ford County Landfill Update
The Ford County Landfill is now open for business. With assistance from various county departments and staff, the landfill now has a temporary office courtesy of the Sheriff’s Department, Ford County Information Technology Department, Ford County Road & Bridge Department, Ford County Landfill Department, Hammel Scale, Victory Electric and Best Water of Southwest Kansas.
For temporary contact number, please contact Brian Herbert at 620.338.6024.


Letter From the County Administrator

Good afternoon, everyone.

Please take caution when choosing a contractor for repairs due to the most recent severe weather event.
Make sure you ask a lot of questions and choose a bona fide contractor.

These events bring a number of risks with them and one of those risks are scammers/looters.

Please enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend.

Stay safe and take the proper precautions for heat-related conditions.

My Best,

J.D. Gilbert, B.S., M.B.A
Interim County Administrator / Public Information Officer


Severe Weather Press Release



The Ford County Commissioner’s may be in attendance of the Ribbon Cutting for the Long Branch Lagoon, Friday May 27 at 5 p.m.
No Official Action will be taken.

The Ford County Landfill will be closed until further notice. Thank you

ATTENTION Ford County Residents:
ROAD CLOSING INFORMATION - Primrose Rd from 115 Rd to 117 Rd will be closed until further notice due to a washout.

Garnet Road, from 119 Road to 123 Road, will be closed starting today05/23/2016 and for the next 10 days until 06/02/2016, due to repairs by Sunflower Electric.

ITC Great Plains, LLC. will be utilizing 118 Road, South of Hwy 54, approximately 1.5 miles to the County Line, starting immediately and continuing through October, for the purpose of ITC construction/updates.
They will be posting “35 MPH Construction Traffic” signs and orange warning signs.
Days & hours affected: Monday - Saturday 7 am. - 5 pm. (or later during certain construction phases)



TOPEKA – Agricultural land values in 66 Kansas counties may decrease slightly from property valuations recently sent out depending on the property’s soil type.
Valuations on some property for tax year 2016 could decrease by as much as $3.00 an acre. In Ford County the average decrease was $1.00 an acre for some soil types. Because this is a decrease in property value, counties are not required to send out a second notice.
While valuation notices are sent out in March, tax bills have not yet been mailed to property owners. The changes will be reflected in the 2016 tax bills.
There was a clerical error in the calculation provided to the state Property Valuation Division, which was used to determine some valuations, which caused the mistake.
Property owners with questions about their agricultural land value should contact their local county appraiser’s office.


Office of Emergency Management Mosquito Abatement Program
Public Service Announcement 

Ford County has started mosquito abatement but, we could use your help with mosquito control since we have had a lot of moisture lately. Below are some suggestions to help you keep the mosquito population down in your area.
Mosquitoes lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water, which will hatch in 7 to 15 days. During the off season, mosquitoes can lay dormant for up to one year. 
If standing water is eliminated weekly, many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the first place. So if you are anti-mosquito, then start by getting rid of these breeding grounds in your yard.
Areas such as small ponds, catch basin, storm drains and road side ditches can be treated with an Altosid Briquet, available at the Ford County Government Ctr.
Common mosquito breeding grounds:
• Bird Baths
• Old Tires
• Open Containers - Cans, jars, bottles or anything that can hold as little as an ounce of water. In fact, mosquitoes can breed in as little as a drop of water. Even recycle bins may have some open containers that can collect water. Don’t forget those trash cans and trash can lids, too!
• Hollow Trees
• Water Gardens & Ponds - Decorative ponds without fish. Other large areas of standing water
• Wading Pools
• Drainage Ditches
Ways you can help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds:
• Dispose of old tires, buckets, ceramic pots and other containers in your yard that may collect water.
• Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
• Drill holes into the bottom of tire swings.
• At least once per week, empty standing water from containers, including birdfeeders, on your property.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.
• Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Flooded roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce hundreds of mosquitoes each season.
• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Turn over wheelbarrows when not in use.
• Store boats covered or upside down, or remove rainwater weekly.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to infest an entire neighborhood. Be aware that mosquitoes may also breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
• Keep drains, ditches and culverts free of grass clippings, weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
• Fill in low areas on your property to eliminate standing water. Ponds or streams where fish are present or the water is disturbed by current or wave action do not produce many mosquitoes; standing water is more of a breeding area. So if you have mosquitoes, the standing water in your backyard has got to go. This will be the start of your anti-mosquito campaign! Next step...effective outdoor mosquito control that can help you enjoy season-long protection from the dangers of mosquitoes.
• Any area of standing water is a potential mosquito breeding ground!


Ford County Office of Emergency Management
100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, Kansas 67801
Email: mdunmars@fordcounty.net
Facebook and Ford County web-site   (PSA)

Hello all residents,
The Kansas 911 Coordinating Council has been asked to assist in notifying all Kansas PSAPs (PUBLIC SERVICE ANSWERING POINT) of the 2016 Statewide Tornado Drill.  As in past years, the tornado National Weather Service will conduct a Statewide Tornado Drill at 6:30 p.m.CST, Tuesday, March 15th (please note change in time) as part of Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week sirens will be activated during the drill.  If adverse weather exists on that Tuesday the test will be postponed until Thursday the 17th at 1:30pm CST. (Please note change in time) as part of Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week. 


Traducción al Español
La Oficina de Gerencia de Emergencias del Condado de Ford
100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, KS 67801
Email: mdunmars@fordcounty.net
Facebook y el sitio web del Condado de Ford   (PSA)

Publicar al sitio web el 22 de febrero del 2016
Fecha de Ejecución: 16 de marzo del 2016
Para distribución al inglés y español
Contacto: Mike Dunmars/ Assistente del Gerente de Emergencias 620-801-4401

Hola a todos los residentes,
Al Consejo Coordinador del 911 de Kansas se le ha pedido que asista en notificar a todos los Puntos de Respuesta de Servicio Público (PSAP, por sus siglas en inglés) del Simulacro de Tornado a Nivel Estatal del 2016. Como en años pasados, el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional de Tornados va a llevar a cabo un Simulacro de Tornado a Nivel Estatal el martes 15 de marzo a las 6:30 p.m. CST (favor de notar cambio en horario). Como parte de la Semana de Conciencia sobre el Clima Severo de Kansas, las alarmas serán activadas durante el simulacro. Si hay clima adverso ese martes, el simulacro será pospuesto hasta el jueves 17 a la 1:30 p.m. CST (favor de notar cambio en horario).



EMT class will begin in November in Jetmore. The class will be Monday and Wednesday night. Class contact is Heath Ormord 620-227-4638 or 620-826-5594.

There is a serious need for volunteers either medical or for fire in all locations throughout Ford County. Contact Rob Boyd 620-227-4638 for more information.



Effective July 1, 2015 there is a law change regarding Kansas Covered Farm Vehicles

Kansas Covered Farm Vehicle Communication

TR-600 Designation Form



Each year owners of personal property in Kansas are required to provide a list of taxable personal property to the Appraiser’s Office in the county where the property is kept.  A rendition needs to be signed and filed.

  • Trucks registered with 16,000 pounds or heavier tax
  • Trailers (of any sort)
  • Non-highway vehicles (cars, trucks, mopeds, three and four wheelers, dirt bikes, ANY vehicle not tagged for highway use)
  • Mobile homes
  • Golf Carts
  • Aircraft, hot air balloons
  • Boats, motors, boat trailers, jet ski, jet ski trailer
  • Equipment used in the operation of a business

Penalty for FAILURE to file:  50%
Ford County Appraisal Office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday, or call 620-227-4570 for assistance



Regional Mitigation Plan - Public Participation Strategy Survey, CLICK FOR SURVEY - English

Regional Mitigation Plan - Public Participation Strategy Survey, CLICK FOR SURVEY- Spanish


Lesser Prairie Chicken

The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition
In Re The Advisability Of Listing The Lesser Prairie Chicken as a
Threatened Species Under The Endangered Species Act

Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
Council of Environmental Quality Final Decision with Exhibits
Final Natural Resource Coordination Plan of The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition

USFWS Response to KNRC November 29 Letter

Calendar of Events

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