Welcome to Ford County!
RULES CONCERNING VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITHOUT PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP
This notice covers persons who have applied to register to vote and have not yet provided proof of citizenship. Due to recent court rulings, if you have applied to register to vote at a Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles office or if you have applied to register to vote using the “Federal Form” voter registration application (as opposed to the standard ‘state form’) and have not yet provided proof of citizenship, you are registered to vote for the November 8, 2016, general election. Your name will appear on the poll book for your voting location and you will be given a standard ballot. There is nothing further you need to provide subject only to further official notice.
If you have questions concerning your eligibility or this notice you may contact your local county election office or the Secretary of State’s office at (800) 262-8683.
All media and other inquiries
Description: All media and other inquiries should be directed to the Ford County Administrator, JD Gilbert. He can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or his office at 620-227-4670.
Ford County Board of County Commission meetings are held the first, third, and fifth (if applicable and deemed necessary) Mondays of each month. If a Monday meeting date is a holiday, the Board of County Commissioners shall meet on the next regular business day.
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
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.
NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITES ACT
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of
1990 ("ADA"), FORD COUNTY will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
Employment: FORD COUNTY does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.
Effective Communication: FORD COUNTY will generally upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in FORD COUNTY'S programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: FORD COUNTY will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in FORD COUNTY offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.
Anyone who requires and auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of FORD COUNTY, should contact the office of HUMAN RESOURCES, PAT HEEKE, FORD COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, MEZZANINE LEVEL, 100 GUNSMOKE DODGE CITY, KANSAS as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
The ADA does not require FORD COUNTY to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Complaints that a program, service, or activity of FORD COUNTY is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to PAT HEEKE, FORD COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, MEZZANINE LEVEL, 100 GUNSMOKE DODGE CITY, KANSAS.
FORD COUNTY will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.
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
Dodge City, Kansas 67801
Facebook and Ford County web-site (PSA)
RELEASE TO WEB SITE FEBUARY 22, 2016
KILL DATE: MARCH 16, 2015
FOR ENGLISH AND SPANISH DISTRUBUTION
Contact: MIKE DUNMARS/ ASST. EMERGENCY MANAGER 620-801-4401
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
Dodge City, KS 67801
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
REMINDER: HAVE YOU SIGNED YOUR 2016
PERSONAL PROPERTY RENDITION? IT’S NOT TO LATE!
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.
TAXABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY WHICH SHOULD BE LISTED IS:
- 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
The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition
In Re The Advisability Of Listing The Lesser Prairie Chicken as a
Threatened Species Under The Endangered Species Act
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