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  • Mixed results from 2012 zoning report

  • The news in the 2012 annual zoning report was mixed at the final Crawford County Commission meeting on Friday. While there was good news, it didn’t come until after the bad news.



    The number of new single-family residential homes in the county fell to 14 in 2012, down from 19 the year before. New agriculture structures was much the same, down two to 10 in 2012.

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  • The news in the 2012 annual zoning report was mixed at the final Crawford County Commission meeting on Friday. While there was good news, it didn’t come until after the bad news.
    The number of new single-family residential homes in the county fell to 14 in 2012, down from 19 the year before. New agriculture structures was much the same, down two to 10 in 2012.
    “I think the economy has a lot to do with it,” said Judy Freeman, county zoning administrator. “It has for the last few years. Until we know what is going on next year, I don’t expect much to change.”
    The only area of increase in the report was in the number of double wides with foundation, which rose to 7 from 4 in 2011. However, the total value of the double wides was down from 2011 ($125,000 in 2011 to $118,200 in 2012).
    Looking at the total amounts, roughly $3.3 million in new single family homes were built in the county, down from about $3.9 million in 2011. Agriculture structures saw a drop as well in values, down from roughly $215,000 in ‘11 to a little more than $150,000 in ‘12.
    Commercial structures were largely the same, which was good news. While four new commercial structures were built, the total value did drop to just below $730,000 (from about $837,000 in 2011). But this was good compared to recent years, and ranks as the third-highest total amount for commercial structures since 1998.
    There was also a small increase in value for additions to residents, garages and remodeling. Although the number is down three to 21, the value increased by more than $150,000 to close to $646,000.
    But the rest of the good news is that the county has performed well in comparison to its neighbors.
    “The way the economy is, I’m surprised the numbers have stayed as well as they have for us,” Freeman said. “I called a couple of other counties, and they were surprised we had this much construction. I thought maybe that was a good sign.”
    Even the commissioners could see the good news.
    “From ‘02-’06 was the boom years,” said commissioner Linda Grilz. “There were a lot more new homes being built in the county and a lot of people buying land. Not so much now. But we are holding our own in a time where we are fortunate to do so.”
    In other action, the commissioners heard from John Gagliardo, county 911 director, who was asking to make new arrangements after a server went down.
    A few months ago, the 911 server, which housed information connecting homes, names and telephone numbers, blew during testing and was incapable of being saved. All the information on the server, which was 14 years old, was lost.
    That included 9,800 phone numbers that Gagliardo has been personally inputting over the last few months to attempt to restore.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Crawford County is the only one left in the state that still runs our own database. Everyone else is on a different system,” Gagliardo said.
    Gagliardo presented a plan to hire R&S Services to create a master street address guide (matching residential phone numbers to names and addresses). This MSAG would be forwarded to AT&T to house the databases, which are instantly backed up in three locations.
    “It’s just one of those things to get back in the stream of things with the state. We were the first to have 911 service in Southeast Kansas. We are the last to have our own database. It only takes losing a server to make that change,” Gagliardo said.
    Cell phone numbers, Gagliardo told the commissioners, work off a different system, and the MSAG is specifically addressing residential phone lines.
    “The phone numbers still pull up. But it may not pull up the name or the address right now,” he said. “Our dispatchers are doing a good job with that.”
    Commissioners approved the cost of $19,500 for R&S Services and $14,795 to AT&T, as well as a $973/month cost to house the servers. The money will come from the county 911 fund.
     
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