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Zone service is provided to Northern Riley County, with Monday and Tuesday pick-ups from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and return trips usually between 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m..
A "country run" is made to the areas of Leonardville, Riley and Randolph twice a month, on the second and fourth Friday. Riders are brought to Manhattan for the day and shuttled around town, returned to their homes in the afternoon.
Service to and from Ogden is available Monday through Friday. Riders wanting to ride the bus need to call Dispatch and schedule a ride on the Fort Riley Shuttle. Door to door demand service is available in Ogden for persons with mobility impairments, after an application is completed (Paratransit Intelligibility Application Part A (pdf) & Paratransit Eligibility Application Part B (pdf)). This ADA service is a "safety net" for those persons who do not have the functional abilities to access and ride the Ogden route bus. Every certified individual for this ADA service is required to re-certify for continuing eligibility every three years upon becoming initially certified. Call the office at (785) 537-6345 for further information.
Rides should be scheduled with the dispatcher at least 24 hours in advance.
Fifteen vehicles (one mini van and 14 buses) are currently in operation. All vehicles are equipped with ramps and lifts to accommodate the needs of the mobility impaired.
Curb to curb demand response service is available on all shuttles and routes to provide persons with mobility impairments access. Persons eligible for the ADA service must complete an ADA Paratransit Eligibility Application Part A (pdf) & ADA Paratransit Eligibility Application Part B (pdf). If you live within a 3/4 mile of any route or shuttle services, please call the office at (785) 537-6345 to request a special accommodations application.
Demand response services are available to residents of Manhattan who live more than 3/4 of a mile outside of the fixed route service area. Please call Dispatch at (785)537-6345 with any questions.
Riders in any of the ATA Bus service areas (Manhattan, Riley County, Green Valley, St. George, Pottawatomie County, Junction City, Geary County and Fort Riley) may call dispatch at 1-877-551-6345 or (785) 537-6345, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to schedule a ride.
Please call 24 hours in advance to schedule rides. Cut off for scheduling next day rides is 5:00 p.m..
We are a private nonprofit organization that receives funding from the following sources:
Children ten (10) and under can ride the demand response service for free. All children under the age of twelve (12) must be accompanied by an adult on demand response trips.
Children riding the fixed route services, who are six (6) and younger, can ride the service for free. All children riding fixed route services under fourteen (14) must be accompanied by an adult.
Children under four (4) years old must be in a child safety seat, while children 4-8 years old must be in a safety or booster seat unless they weigh more than 80 lbs. or are taller than 4 ft. 9 inches tall. The child must be secured with an appropriate child seat provided by the parent or guardian. The parent or guardian will properly fasten such devices using the vehicle seat belts.
For policy purposes, animals are considered either service animals or pets.
Service animals will be transported with their owners without restriction or extra cost. Service animals must be supervised and the owner/handler must retain full control of the animal at all times. Owners/handlers are responsible for cleanup of any waste or litter caused by the service animal and is liable for any damages the animals cause.
Pets may be transported with their owners if the pets are secured in an enclosed container and if they can be fit into the schedule. Pets have the lowest priority for transportation. Pets requiring emergency veterinary assistance will not be transported. An ill service animal is treated as a pet in this respect: such animals are not performing their service function.
A victim does not file charges nor drop charges against another person. That is the responsibility of the Riley County Attorney's Office. If you are the victim of a crime, you may meet with the prosecutor assigned to the case to discuss your wishes by calling and setting up an appointment. When you call, be sure to identify yourself, provide the police case number and the name of the person who has been charged.
The Riley County Attorney's Office will not reveal if an arrest warrant has been issued.
The Riley County Attorney's Office will not release any criminal history information. If you wish to obtain criminal history information, please visit the Kansas Bureau of Investigation https://www.kansas.gov/kbi/
First appearances in City Court/Municipal Court are Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m., located at 610 Colorado Street, Manhattan, KS 66502. Telephone: (785) 587-2450.
First Appearances in the Riley County District Court are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.; he court is located at 100 Courthouse Plaza, the limestone building with the clock tower.
You will need permission from the Riley County Attorney's Office to take care of your check case without having to appear in court. The County Attorney's Office may or may not accept payment in return for dismissal of the case it is discretionary with the County Attorney's Office. Factors that will be considered is the amount for which the check was written, the position of the victim and whether you have a prior history of writing bad checks. Those factors will determine if the case is dismissed upon payment.
The Courts frequently order restitution as a condition of probation or parole. What this means is that the Defendant has the term of their probation period in which to pay the restitution and any other money owed. Typically, their probation officer will place them on a monthly payment schedule based on the Defendant's salary, outstanding debts, living situation, etc. The payments will be made to the Clerk of the District Court and then dispersed to the appropriate parties.
If the Defendant fails to pay restitution, or violates other conditions of his probation, this office will file a Motion to Revoke Probation and have the case brought back before the court. The judge will hear the violations and decide what, if any, action is appropriate.
Contact a substance abuse provider or counselor for evaluation and potential treatment. Information is confidential and providers are not required to report to law enforcement.
Yes, please call Riley County Crimestoppers at 785-539-7777 and provide as much information to the officer as you can. All information and assistance is appreciated and necessary to combat this problem.
In Manhattan, the number is (785) 539-2785
In Junction City, the number is (785) 762-8835
Toll-Free number 1-800-727-2785
If the person you are seeking protection from violates the order, you should call the police immediately and report it. The suspect may be arrested, and a case may be filed against them for violating the Protection From Abuse Order. You should not, however, invite the person you are seeking protection from over to your house or initiate contact. You are putting your safety in jeopardy, and you are putting that person at risk of being arrested.
If you are threatened by anyone, including an ex-spouse or ex-significant other, you need to call the police right away. An officer will respond, and take a report from you about what happened. A decision will be made later about whether that person will be formally charged or not.
If your property is recovered by the police, it is regarded as evidence. It will be held by the Riley County Police Department until it is no longer needed as evidence. Often times a photograph can be substituted and the item returned. The assigned attorney will make that decision in consultation with the victim and police.
If the defendant is convicted, it is the policy of this office to request restitution on behalf of the victim for any stolen or damaged property. However, it is the responsibility of the victim to provide the information and supporting documentation. You can do this by completing the Victim Impact Statement in its entirety and including copies of receipts, estimates, and insurance information.
If you have spoken to the Riley County Attorney's Office and have submitted a diversion application, enter a plea of not guilty and inform the Court that you have applied for a diversion. At that time, the Court will schedule your next appearance. If your diversion is granted and filed, you will not need to appear at the next scheduled hearing. If your diversion is denied or not finalized you will need to appear at your next scheduled court appearance.
Under the Kansas Juvenile Justice Code juveniles are entitled to representation by an attorney. The juvenile and his/her parents may hire their own attorney; if not, the court will appoint an attorney to represent the juvenile.
Children are considered truant when they have accumulated 3 consecutive unexcused absences, 5 unexcused absences in any semester, or 7 unexcused absences in any school year. The attendance officer at each school building has the discretion to determine if reasons offered by the child or his/her parents is sufficient or if the absence will be considered unexcused.
When juveniles are charged with criminal activity, a summons and a copy of the complaint is served on the juvenile, the parents or parent having legal custody, the person with whom the juvenile is residing, or any other person designated by the County Attorney.
Once the Riley County Police Department generates a report, the County Attorney will review the report and decide whether or not charges should be filed.
When a juvenile is arrested or charged with criminal activity, they are required to participate in a Juvenile Intake Assessment through Riley County Community Corrections--Juvenile Division. Parents are encouraged to attend that assessment and provide any information to the intake worker. If needed, the family may be referred to appropriate community resources such as family and individual counseling, drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment or services offered by the Manhattan Area Department for Children and Families (DCF) office.
Yes, depending on the offense. Normally on traffic infractions, if you do not pay your ticket in 30 days, a letter will automatically go out to your last known address or the address that appears on the ticket, stating that you have not paid your fine and that your license will be suspended. If you are scheduled for a court appearance for misdemeanor or felony offense and you do not show up, the judge may order a warrant for your arrest.
Yes, at the discretion of the Riley County Attorney's Office.
Contact the Department of Revenue, Driver Control Bureau at (785) 296-3671, to find out the status of your drivers license.
If you have proof that your license has been reinstated, bring it to the Riley County Attorney's Office or to Court on your appearance date.
Bring in your proof of insurance coverage to the Riley County Attorney's Office or on your scheduled court appearance.
Various means are available to assist you depending upon the type of loss, etc. Discuss this with the Victim/Witness Coordinator of the Riley County Attorney's Office. Not all losses are covered.
You have no legal obligation to talk to the defense attorney likewise you have no obligation to talk to the prosecuting attorney.
Generally fences are exempt from zoning regulations and therefore do not require a permit for construction. The only possible exception to this rule would be if the fence would create a vision obstruction at a street intersection. Check with the County Zoning Officer if there is a possible concern in this regard.
A building permit is required before the start of construction of any structure within the unincorporated areas of Riley County. The permit is necessary to verify that the zoning is proper for the intended use, the required setbacks from property lines are achieved, Sanitary Code requirements are met and other basic requirements of this type. The permit does not involve construction inspection since there is no adopted building code that applies to the unincorporated areas of the County.
Riley County requires a building permit but has not adopted building codes. During a building permit inspection the primary concern is determining the building is set back the proper distances from all property lines. The inspector does not examine how the building is being constructed. Consult a qualified contractor or building professional regarding industry standard construction techniques and proper installation of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. The respective cities within the County vary regarding their building code requirements. Check with the individual city before starting construction.
State law requires that all property owners within 1000 feet of a rezoning, variance or conditional use request be notified of the public hearing on the matter. However, there is no such state or local requirement to notify adjacent property owners upon the issuance of a building permit. Prospective purchasers of land should always research the surrounding zoning of land to determine what sorts of uses may be permitted that may effect property values or enjoyment of the land to be purchased.
Many times utility companies will require a property address prior to providing utilities to a site. The property address is assigned by Riley County Planning & Development when the building permit is issued. If you need an address prior to issuance of a building permit, contact our office and we will attempt to assist you.
The only definitive way to determine your property lines is to have your lot or tract surveyed by a Licensed Land Surveyor. They will need to locate or establish the property survey pins at the corners of the lot or tract. If you can locate your own property corner pins, that should allow or help you and the surveyor establish the correct property lines.
Building setback requirements from right-of-way or property lines vary by zoning category. Generally, all buildings must be setback from all right-of-way lines 25 feet except when abutting a major or minor traffic way (NOTE: The right-of-way line is not necessarily the edge of the pavement. The right-of-way is considerably wider than the roadway surface) Side and rear yard setbacks vary for each zoning category and by building type. To determine these requirements you should contact Planning & Development before beginning construction.
Occasionally the owner or builder is not aware of the building permit requirement and begins construction without a permit. If you want to know whether or not a building permit has been issued for a particular project, please contact the Planning and Development office at 785-537-6332. Please have specific information regarding the location such as address, legal description or owner of the property.
You can fill out and submit the form online https://www.rileycountyks.gov/forms.aspx?FID=201 or you can call 785-537-6333 for more information.
Yes, ACDs are permitted by KDHE as a special type of incinerator.
Yes, open burning for cooking or ceremonial purposes, on public or private lands regularly used for recreational purposes are allowed as long as they are conducted in a safe manner. Fires must be completely extinguished before leaving the area.
Yes, unless restricted by a local Fire Department.
Yes, if the local ordinance is more stringent. No, when the purpose of the override is to allow something prohibited under state regulation.
Riley County Fire District #1 send notices about burning restrictions due to conditions using the Everbridge Emergency Notification System. We recommend everyone who has a burn permit sign up for this FREE service.
Primarily the local burn resolution will be enforced and prosecuted by the County Attorney at their level of discretion. KDHE also utilizes compliance assistance and public education to get the word out. If there are extenuating circumstances in a particular situation, KDHE may utilize their enforcement authority to address an egregious problem.
Yes, crop residue burning is restricted for the 16 counties specified in the April Burning Restrictions of K.A.R. 28-19-645a (13 in Flint Hills + Johnson, Sedgwick & Wyandotte). Burning of the tall grass prairie is not considered crop residue burning.
Not in the 13 Flint Hills Counties. In Johnson, Wyandotte and Sedgwick counties, the local authority can approve burning of trees and brush from nonagricultural land clearing and clean wood waste at the construction site; all other open burning in these counties must be approved by KDHE. In the rest of the state, KDHE must approve this burning unless local ordinance is more stringent. It is our intent to discourage nonagricultural burning during the month of April.
1. Riley County Fire District #1
2. Manhattan Fire Department
3. City government (when applicable)
4. KDHE's District Offices and Compliance Section of the Bureau of Air
Individuals should first call the local authority having jurisdiction, such as city hall or the local fire department. Industries, should contact the KDHE District Office.
The base regulations are set by the State of Kansas, more detailed regulations are set by local jurisdictions, depending on the location that can be the city or county fire department.
If the person is an adult, their basic information (name and crime they’re convicted of) is a matter of public record.
However, since several different agencies supervise adult offenders in Riley County (Community Corrections, Court Services, Manhattan Municipal Court Services, and State Parole) finding out if someone is on supervision may take several phone calls.
If the agency you call has the person on supervision, you will be given the basic information. If they don’t, they can usually tell you which agency to call based upon the conviction you think the person may be on probation for.
Community Corrections has supervised over 1000 adult offenders since we began operations in 1982 and rarely has any probationer said their probation was “easy”.
In fact, we’re often told we expect “too much” from probationers. For example, on our highest level of supervision, over a period of twelve months, the average probationer will have over 75 face-to-face contacts with their ISO (Intensive Supervision Officer) with about 20 of those contacts taking place outside of our office/in the community (unscheduled home visits or employment visits).
In addition, Community Corrections probationers are assigned to a random “Color Code” UA system, which requires them to call in five days a week and report for a drug test whenever their color is called.
ISO’s also monitor our probationers’ employment, if probationers are unemployed they’re required to attend our Job Club weekly until they find a job.
Finally, if an offender has been court-ordered to abide by “Special Conditions” as a part of being granted probation (obtain substance abuse or mental health evaluation, participate in any recommended treatment, refrain from contact with victims, and/or pay costs and restitution) ISO’s monitor compliance with those requirements.
If offenders fail to comply with their conditions of probation, a variety of intermediate sanctions can be imposed or violations can be reported to the Court for further action.
In a statewide effort to allow the general public more information about convicted sex offenders who reside in their communities, all sex offenders are required to register with their local law enforcement agency.
In turn, this information is available to the general public through a number of sources. You can visit the Kansas Bureau of Investigation website to learn about registered sex offenders in your community.
We have the ability to provide on-site testing for 13 different drugs; including alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, opiates and several others, with immediate results.
If a field test is positive, the sample is forwarded to a federally licensed laboratory for more extensive testing, with GC/MS confirmation available in just a few days.
We also have saliva tests and PBT’s (portable breath tests) available.
The biggest difference is in the frequency of contact between the probationer and our staff.
In general, a probationer assigned to Community Corrections will have about four times as much contact with their officer as compared to regular probation.
In addition, Community Corrections is required to use Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in supervising offenders assigned to our program, which have been proven to bring about positive change and help those offenders who successfully complete our program become productive, law-abiding citizens.
On October 2020, the FDA approved the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19. The drug may be used to treat adults and children ages 12 and older and weighing at least 88 pounds, who have been hospitalized for COVID-19. Clinical trials suggest that in these patients, remdesivir may modestly speed up recovery time.
Most people with mild COVID-19 illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
If you experience a medical emergency such as trouble breathing, call 911 and let the operator know you may have COVID-19. Never take prescription medicine or drug if it is not prescribed for you by your doctor for your health condition.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
KDHE says close contacts are those exposed to a person with COVID-19, even if that person didn’t have symptoms, if any of the following situations occurred:
Anyone who has close contact with a positive patient must complete a 10 day quarantine period beginning after their last contact.
Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, are required to quarantine for 10 days after the last close contact, which in most circumstances means 10 days after the patient has recovered. A person whose spouse or roommate tests positive may have to quarantine for a total of 20 days or more.
A screening hotline staffed by medical personnel is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon to provide guidance for anyone who has symptoms. The screening hotline number is 785-323-6400.
The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings. For related information for healthcare settings, visit Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination.
Fully vaccinated people can:
Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:
Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. (To find out the current level of transmission in Riley County please visit the CDC COVID Data Tracker )
Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 get tested 3-5 days after the date of your exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
Yes. If you have been told to quarantine for 10 days, you must complete the quarantine even if you tested negative during that time. You cannot test out of quarantine.
If you test negative for COVID-19 you may not have been infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick.
The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. You might test negative if the sample was collected too early in your infection and you could test positive later during your illness.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others. Please stay in your home unless you need to leave to seek medical care.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.
Find more info at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
10 days is the required quarantine time, adopted as of December 10, 2020.
A person who has had close contact with a positive patient is required to quarantine for 10 days. Close contacts are those exposed to a person with COVID-19, even if that person didn’t have symptoms if any of the following situations occurred:
Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, must be quarantined for 10 days after the case has been released from home isolation (because exposure is considered ongoing within the house unless they qualify for a modified concurrent quarantine timeline).
Patients may end their quarantine period after day 10 if they do not develop symptoms.
No, only the person who had close contact with a positive patient is required to quarantine.
You should stay away from the person in quarantine as much as possible, and avoid sharing sleeping quarters and bathrooms.
If symptoms develop, call the Riley County Screening line to speak with a nurse at 785-323-6400. The Screening Line is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Any person experiencing life-threatening symptoms should call 911.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. People should call a medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Anyone who has close contact with a positive patient must complete a 10-day quarantine period beginning after their last contact. If you have been advised or notified you are a close contact of an individual and have not been contacted by the Health Department, please reach out to the Riley County Contact Tracing Team at 785-565-6558, or email [email protected]
Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, must be quarantined for 10 days after the case has been released from home isolation (because exposure is considered ongoing within the house).
RCHD Free COVID-19 Testing
Testing is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Manhattan Town Center parking lot on the north side from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Rapid and saliva-based testing is available for free.
For test results at our Manhattan Town Center location please contact:
Email [email protected]
Please call the appropriate phone number below for COVID questions:
General testing / vaccine: 785-565-6560 (asymptomatic, pre-flight, vaccine scheduling)
COVID Screening Line: 785-323-6400 (symptomatic; to schedule a rapid test at RCHD)
K-State students should contact Lafene Health Center to get tested. 785-532-6544 https://www.k-state.edu/lafene/
You will be contacted by phone. Your doctor or the Riley County Health Department will call you using the phone number you provided when you were tested.
If you have any doubt about whether the person contacting you is from your doctor’s office or the Health Department, hang up and call your doctor directly or call the RCHD at (785) 565-6558.
No. According to KDHE guidelines, you can get tested if you have at least TWO of the symptoms below OR be a close contact of a positive patient.
Patients with at least two symptoms may be eligible for testing. The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
Test results from the Riley County Swabbing site are taking 2-3 days.
Rapid test results take 15-20 minutes.
No. All tests performed by the Health Department or included in Riley County statistics are viral tests, which check for active virus.
Patients are only counted once, even if they have received multiple tests.
Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.
In almost all situations, quarantine is required for a person waiting for COVID-19 test results. However, since everyone can participate in the free testing events in Riley County, even those who do not have symptoms and have not had known close contact with a positive patient, quarantine is highly recommended instead of required in those circumstances.
Some workplaces require that employees stay home and quarantine if they are tested, including the free testing events. A workplace can make that distinction for their employees.
If you are sick or would like information about testing, please call the Riley County Screening Line at 785-323-6400. The Screening Line is staffed by nurses and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911.
Step 1: Go home and isolate
· You must isolate for at least 10 full days from the date of your positive test result with at least 72 hours of symptom improvement.
Step 2: Gather a list of names and phone numbers of your close contacts
· Notify them that they are a close contact and need to quarantine (exception is if they are fully vaccinated).
· If fully vaccinated, close contacts and household contacts do not need to quarantine.
· If not fully vaccinated, close contacts must quarantine for 10 days from last date of contact with the positive case.
o A close contact is a person that was within 6 feet of positive case for more than 10 minutes, with or without a mask.
· If not fully vaccinated, household contacts must quarantine for 20 days from the positive case’s test date.
o A positive case is contagious for at least 10 days from their test date, so family members must quarantine for an additional 10 days after their recovery/release from isolation.
o The local health department can send an official letter to close contacts that they can give to their employer. We do not have to tell a close contact the name of their positive case that exposed them.
Step 3: A contact tracer from the Riley County Health Department will reach out to the positive case and complete a contact tracing investigation. They can also send an isolation letter that the positive case can give to their employer. (Please be patient, as our cases are increasing)
o Sometimes it takes us a few days to receive test results. The positive case can proactively call the Riley Co. Health Dept. at: Contact Tracing Line: 785-565-6558 or email [email protected]
Step 4: After 10 full days of isolation, if the positive case’s symptoms are improving and they have not had a fever for at least 72 hours, a contact tracer can declare them recovered and no longer contagious. The positive case will then be released from isolation at that time.
· The contact tracer can also send a Letter of Recovery stating they have been monitored by the local health department and deemed no longer contagious. This document can be given to employers, airlines, etc. in place of a negative PCR test (An individual may continue to test positive for up to 6 months after the initial infection. Please do not get retested, trying to get a negative result. It may not happen.)
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating, including the Delta variant.
If you are fully vaccinated you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic, but you should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission to maximize protection from the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others.
You may have side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should go away in a few days.
Learn how to find a COVID-19 vaccine so you can get it as soon as you can.
BENEFITS OF GETTING VACCINATED
For the most up to date list of upcoming clinics please visit: https://www.rileycountyks.gov/1857/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV
At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 12 years and older. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older. Trials have begun to include children under the age of 12.
Generally, two doses are needed to provide the best protection against COVID-19. The first dose “primes” the immune system, helping the body recognize the virus, and the second dose strengthens the immune response. Moderna and Pfizer require two doses while Johnson & Johnson only requires one.
mRNA vaccines are a new, but not unknown, type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. Instead of using an inactivated germ, mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
Cancer research has used mRNA to trigger the immune system to target specific cancer cells.
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
First, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle. Once the instructions (mRNA) are inside the muscle cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.
Next, the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.
At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain this protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.
They cannot give someone COVID-19.
mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
They do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.
mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept.
The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the instructions.
More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.
Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the FDA required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose.
According to the CDC if you have pain or discomfort you should talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
To reduce pain at the site of the shot you can apply a clean, cool and wet washcloth to the area.
Call your doctor or healthcare provider if:
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction seek immediate medical care by calling 911.
Yes. Vaccines are the safest medicines used in the United States.
COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offers protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions.
Moderna Fact Sheet
Pfizer Fact Sheet
Johnson & Johnson Fact Sheet
Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. (To find out the current level of transmission in Riley County please visit the CDC COVID Data Tracker )
KANSAS PAYMENT CENTER PO Box 758599 Topeka, KS 66675-8599Please put your case number on your remittance with the county two-letter digit (RL) for Riley County to ensure proper credit. If you have questions, or would like information regarding payments through electronic funds transactions (EFT), please contact KPC customer service at 1-877-572-5722, or visit their website at kspaycenter.Please notify the Court in writing of any address change or name change.
Please wait at least two weeks after the ceremony before you request a certified copy of the marriage certificate. To request a certified copy, contact the Office of Vital Statistics at (785) 296-1400 or at their website https://www.kdheks.gov/vital/marriage_howto.html
Information and petitions for Small Claims filings may be found in the Riley County District Court Clerk’s Office (Room 201), Riley County Courthouse. Docket fees for claims under $500 are $47.50; claims over $500 to $4000 are $67.50. It is your responsibility to furnish the addresses of individuals being summoned to Court. If you have a complex case, or one that involves a claim over $4000, you may wish to consult an attorney regarding other forms of legal action. A separate sheriff fee for service of a small claims summons is $15.00.
You may apply for a Kansas marriage license using the online portal at: https://www.kscourts.org/Public/Apply-for-Marriage-License
1. Before you can obtain a Protection from Abuse Order, you and the other person you want restrained must be intimate partners or household members. This means you and the person you want restrained must meet one of the following:
a.You are in a dating relationship,
b.You have been in a dating relationship in the past;
c.You are living together;
d.You have lived together in the past; or
e.You have had a child in common.
OR if you are seeking protection of a minor child, the child and the person you want restrained must be intimate partners or household members. This means the child and the person you want restrained must meet one of the above requirements. 2. Abuse must have occurred. This means that one of the following has occurred:
a. The person physically hurt or tried to hurt you or a minor child on purpose.
b. The person recently threatened to physically hurt you or a minor child.
c. The person engaged in physical conduct (touching or sexual intercourse) with a minor child under the age of 16 years of age.
3.You may file only two petitions for a Protection from Abuse Order in a 12 month period unless you are filing the petition on behalf of a minor child who has been abused.
4.You must be available to testify at future hearings as set by the Judge or in any other criminal action against the abuser. If you fail to appear, the case may be dismissed. 5.Other legal help may be available through your private attorney or legal services.
6. A final Protection from Abuse Order will expire after one year or on the date stated in the order, unless you request an extension from the court.
7. If you are the defendant and you want an order restraining the plaintiff from abuse, you must file a counter petition.
8. Please see additional information on Protection Orders here
1. Before you can get a Protection from Stalking Order, stalking must have occurred. Stalking is an intentional harassment of another person that places the other person in reasonable fear for that person’s safety. Harassment means a knowing and intentional course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes the person and that serves no legitimate purpose. Course of conduct means conduct consisting of two or more separate acts over a period of time, however short, that show a continuity of purpose, which would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.
2. You may seek a Protection from Stalking Order for yourself, for your minor child, or for a minor child that lives with you.
3. You should be available to testify at future hearings as set for the judge. If you fail to appear, the case may be dismissed.
4. Legal help may be available through your private attorney or legal services.
5. A final Protection from Stalking Order will expire after one year or on the date stated in the order, unless you request an extension or modification from the court.
6. Please see additional information on Protection Orders here
A. Public access computers are available at the Courthouse to access cases via a name search or by case number. Riley County District Court records are also available on the Internet: District Court Public Access Portal.
B. Courts in Kansas will not do any searches by phone.
C. Requests for criminal record searches for employment, credit, etc. from any agency or individual shall be referred to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at (785) 296-8200 (Records Department) per Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 156.
D. No district court employee may conduct a search which requires making legal determination such as whether a judgment is still current or that lien exists per K.S.A. 20-3133.
Customers who hold a CDL, a concealed and carry permit, a registered offender endorsement or limited term endorsement must visit a full service driver's license office for all services. The nearest full service is located at 8200 South Port Drive, Suite 105, Manhattan, KS 66502. This office is by appointment only CLICK HERE
Our office can renew Kansas driver's license, apply or renew an I.D. card, make address changes. We can also issue a Kansas driver's license to those with a current out of state driver's license.
Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please bring your current driver's license and a proof of address to the Treasurer's Office for renewal.
Acceptable forms of proof of address:
These documents establish your Kansas residency and residential address. You must present a document that shows your current name and Kansas residential ad- dress. A P.O. Box will not be accepted as proof or resident address.
If a minor child does not have a proof of address included in this list their parent, step-parent or legal guardian can complete a Certification of Address by providing two proofs of address along with identification.
We can renew it, if the license has not been expired for more than a year. If it has been more than a year, please go to the full service drivers license office at 8200 Southport Dr, Suite 105, Manhattan. The telephone number 785-537-2140. Appointments are required CLICK HERE
Call the Kansas Department of Revenue at 785-296-3963 .
You need to call Driver's Control 785-296-3671 or visit their office located at Zibell Building, 300 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66611. They will explain to you what you need to do to get your license back. You will need to know your driver's license number and your date of birth.
You call the Kansas Department of Revenue at 785-296-3601.
Yes! Riley County uses the Everbridge NE Kansas Notification System for messages.
There are no public tornado shelters in Riley County. Local Mobile Home Parks are required to have tornado shelters for their residents. For tornado safety rules, click HERE
Move to a substantial structure and tune to a local radio station or cable TV channel for information on the warning.
Riley County Emergency Management and Riley County Police Department Dispatch Center test the outdoor warning sirens each month (on the first Monday at 10:30 AM) to make sure the sirens will function when needed. The time and date are so the local schools can coordinate their Tornado Drills with the monthly tests.
Yes, the present code was adopted Feb. 20, 2020 by Resolution 02202020-07.
Yes, if water is run into a structure a septic permit is required under article 4, section 1-4.1 of the Sanitary Code.
You can obtain the form on the Riley County Website under Planning and Development, Environmental Health, Applications, Environmental Evaluation Application or at the Riley County Planning and Development, Environmental Health, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Yes, under Chapter III, Article 3, you need to make application for a permit and then it must be approved before you can use the water. You can obtain the form on the Riley County Website under Planning and Development, Environmental Health, Applications, Private Water Well Supply application or at the Riley County Planning and Development, Environmental Health, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Yes, the Environmental Health section of Planning and Development has a staffed on-site laboratory for testing bacterial and some chemical contaminates in well water.
You must be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a drug screen and background check.
Applications to become a volunteer fire fighter with Riley County Fire District #1 at
After someone has filled out an application, an interview will be held, and if offered a conditional position and station assignment, the applicant will be required to take a pre-employment drug test. Once the drug tests results are received, successful applicants will begin training.
Your insurance company is the one that determines the insurance rating (sometimes referred to as ISO rating) for all properties.
Normally, if a property is within 5 road miles of a fire station that meets the ISO rating system, that property is rated lower than a “10”. A “10” rating indicates a lack of adequate fire protection that could respond in a timely fashion. Most properties in the county are rated a “9” and properties within 1000’ of a municipal fire hydrant are generally rated a “7/9”.
This map shows most of the rural residences and their proximity to the nearest fire station using all-weather roads.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this map was derived using road records showing “approved” surface types for Emergency Response purposes and their traversable distance from a rural fire station. Roads designated as “trail”, “undeveloped” or “unimproved” are not considered approved surface types. No guarantee is given as to the accuracy of the depicted surface type of a road. If you have questions about an ISO rating, please contact your insurance provider.
The Riley County Planning & Development Department has maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that indicate where the floodplains are for all of the unincorporated area of the County. For assistance in determining flood risk on a particular property, please contact Planning and Development at 785-537-6332
The 500-year floodplain is the area that could experience a flood having a .2% probability of occurring in any given year. It is an area that is not regulated by floodplain regulations and therefore building is permitted provided all other requirements of the County Zoning & Subdivision Regulations are met. One should always keep in mind that any area, even those outside of designated floodplains, can still flood. Even though the probability of such occurrences in these areas is generally lower, there can always be micro events and unusual circumstances that may occur to cause localized flooding of any property. For more information about the floodplain, please contact Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332
The 100-year floodplain represents a potential flood area that has a 1% probability of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. It is the area that is regulated by floodplain regulations as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Generally, you can build in the 100-year floodplain if the floor of the structure is elevated one foot above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). Commercial & industrial structures have the option of being flood-proofed. All construction within the 100-year floodplain requires a Floodplain Development Permit before construction begins. For more information about the floodplain, please contact Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332
The floodway is the area within the 100-year floodplain that must remain unobstructed to carry the 100-year flood discharge (i.e. Base Flood). Generally, it is very difficult to construct any structure within the floodway because the structure must be determined, by an engineer not to obstruct flood flows in any way or create a substantial rise in the base flood elevation. These are very difficult standards to meet except in cases of very limited obstructions such as poles, fence posts, etc. For more information on the methodology that must be used to determine this no-rise in flood heights, please contact Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332
The following are examples of the types of waste that you may bring to the HHW facility for disposal or recycling: Paints of all kinds including both latex and oil base, all pesticides including herbicides and insecticides, lacquers, thinners, stains, paint removers and adhesives, used motor oil and oil filters, household cleaners, spot and stain removers, fertilizers, waxes and polishes, all batteries including household and car batteries (excluding car batteries for electric cars), gas, solvents and antifreeze, florescent light bulbs, aerosols, old prescriptions (no controlled medicines, nor sharps accepted) Miscellaneous: roofing tar, sealers, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, mercury and smoke detectors
Well, we always seem to have plenty of paint and stains -- and sometimes we have… Sunscreen -- Shoe Cleaner – Bug Spray -- Oven Cleaner -- and all kinds of goodies!! Just stop out whenever you’d like, as you never know what you might come across that you can use. Sometimes the shelves aren’t so full, and sometimes they are packed: Just depends on what the public brings to us that can be safely put out on the reuse shelf! We do ask that people limit themselves to 5 items per visit so there is plenty of free stuff to go around!
Latex paint is considered non-hazardous by EPA standards, but you cannot throw it in the trash if it is still in a liquid form. Instead, bring it to the HHW facility and we will recycle it for its intended use. Latex paint that is hard or has dried up in the container may be disposed of in the trash.
Although Riley County is the host county for the Big Lakes Regional Household Hazardous Waste Program, we ask that you take household hazardous waste to your home county. They are staffed to support you, where we are staffed to receive HHW from Riley County residents only. We support other counties within our region by picking up their materials once they have prepared them for us to take for disposal.
The eleven counties we serve are: Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Marion, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee and Washington counties.
Some of those counties do accept Business Waste as well, so we ask businesses to take it to your home county. However, if your county does not take business waste and are one of the eleven counties in our region, we can take business waste from you but must be pre-approved by your home county and our facility before we can accept any waste, as there will be a charge. Call us at 785-539-3202 with questions.
Yes, you may, as long as your business is a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (generates less than 55 lbs of hazardous waste per month) or a Kansas small quantity generator (generates 55 lbs or greater, but less than 220 lbs per month of hazardous waste). There will be a fee for disposal.
We staff two full-time clinics:
WIC staff also conduct mobile WIC sites at the following locations:
Since we have many programs with different fee situations, please contact the program you are interested in for specific information.
Some services require pay stubs or other items as proof of income. Please check with the services you are interested in to be sure.
For some services, yes. The primary insurances we bill include KanCare, Blue Cross, Aetna, Medicare Part B and United Health Care. We bill insurances for immunizations and flu shots but Tricare Prime/Standard will not pay the full amount at the health department, clients will be billed for remainder amounts. The Health Department accepts all KanCare Managed Care Organizations, Amerigroup, Sunflower State, and United Health Care. Health Department is not a Tricare Provider. If you have further questions, please ask us at 785-776-4779 Ext 7600.
If you're searching for child care check out the Raising Riley List
Check out Child Care Aware for Resource and Referral
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) contracts with local/county health departments to provide local regulatory services including complaint investigations of regulated or illegal child care. Please call the child care licensing surveyor at (785)776-4779 extension 7604.
In order to qualify for a child care scholarship you must meet certain guidelines outlined in the application. The child care scholarship application is available on the Raising Riley website or by contacting Raising Riley at 785-776-4779 extension 7634.
Contact Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Contact Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 785-564-6767 or via their online reporting at http://www.foodsafetykansas.org.
You may call the County's Environmental Health Specialist at 785-537-6332, extension 7505.
Administration, Emergency Preparedness, Reproductive Health Services including sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, birth control methods , HIV/AIDS Case Management, Adult and Child Immunizations, Travel Immunizations, Communicable Disease investigation and follow-up, Tb skin test.
Health Department services in the Resource Center include WIC (2nd Floor), Maternal and Child Health (2nd floor), Raising Riley (1st floor), and Child Care Licensing (1st floor). USD 383 Parents as Teachers Playgroup is located on the 1st floor. Some Administrative Offices for Riley County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are located on the 1st floor.
According to Kansas law, whenever certain professionals have reason to suspect that a person under age 18 has been injured as a result of neglect or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, the professional is required by law to report it. These professionals include teachers, nurses, social workers, law enforcement officers, licensed child care providers, counselors, and others.
Only in August and September of each year by appointment.
We hold monthly clinics as follows:
Generally, we have flu vaccine available beginning sometime in September. We will announce details of availability on this website and on our phones system.
Yes, we offer most travel vaccines but we generally have to order them. Check with us one month before you plan to travel!
The health department has no authority to mandate mold remediation in housing or business and does not provide air monitoring or mold remediation services. There are private firms that do that. Mold is an irritant and allergen for many people. The greatest deterrent to mold is to remove moisture. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Environmental Health website www.kdheks.gov has strategies to help make homes safe and healthy.
Questions related to mold and building inspections in Manhattan can be directed to the City of Manhattan Code Services at (785) 587-4506 or [email protected].
You may visit the County Environmental Health page or call the County's Environmental Health Specialist at (785) 537-6332, extension 7505.
You may visit the County Environmental Health page or call the County's Environmental Health Specialist at (785) 537-6332, ext 7505.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is responsible for food safety inspections of food establishments, food processors and lodging establishments. Food establishments include restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, schools, senior meal sites, mobile food units and food operations in lodging establishments.
Inspection results after August 4, 2015 can be found online (link).
For inspection results prior to August 4, 2015 are also available online (link) at the KDA website.
You can search for inspection results for a licensed child care facility on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website (link). For an example of a facility report with inspection results visit the KDHE website (link).
Please visit our career portal at https://ks-rileycounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/
Submit an application and current resume to the Riley County Career Portal which can be found at https://ks-rileycounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/
The Health Department is part of Riley County. Current job openings are listed in our career portal which can be found at https://ks-rileycounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/
Riley County EMS/Ambulance is part of Riley County. Current job openings are listed in our career portal which can be found at https://ks-rileycounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/
No, Riley County requires an application be completed before employment will be considered. Please refer to our career portal (https://ks-rileycounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/) for important information concerning employment applications.
Riley County Fire District #1 is part of Riley County. Current job openings are listed in our career portal which can be found at https://ks-rileycounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/
A juror, who is determined eligible, is scheduled for a three-month period. A juror can be called in as many times as necessary during that three-month period. If the juror is chosen to serve on a jury panel, that juror is excused for one year following their jury service.
Please call (785) 565-6662
The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The office stops taking the following transactions at 4:00 pm:
To make an appointment please click below.
The titling and renewing of vehicle registrations are done at the Riley County Treasurer’s Office located at the Riley County Office Building, 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan KS 66502.
The fees to register a vehicle could include registration, property tax, sales tax, and other state-mandated fees.
Please contact our office at 785-537-6320 for more information.
For an estimate on property tax Click Here: Vehicle Property Tax and Fee Estimator
Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, credit card, money order, and cashier's check. There is a 2.50% convenience fee if using a debit or credit card.
If you are registering your car for the first time, you must do so in person. However, if you are renewing your car registration you can pay online.
Please make an appointment by clicking the button below:
1. Include renewal notice. proof of insurance and payment
2. Military personnel be sure to include the following:
1.Military Affidavit (https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/103/Military-Personnel-Affidavit?bidId=)
2. Current full month LES
3. Current orders, ERB or ORB
Auto, truck, and motorcycle tags expire on the last day of each month based on the first letter of your name or business. Heavy trucks (over 12,000 pounds) and trailers expire on December 31st but have until the last day of February to complete the renewal process.
Click to see the Renewal Chart Month Renewal Chart
You will need the title or MSO (if it's a new car), signed over to you, the sales tax receipt or bill of sale, the car's current mileage, and your proof of insurance. This must be done within 60 days of purchase. When transferring a tag between two cars, you need the current registration or tag number of the old car.
To reprint your renewal notice click on the link below:
You can renew in person, by placing it in our dropbox or online. If you cannot print the renewal notice bring the license plate number and proof of insurance into the office and we will be able to look up the information to complete the renewal.
Take your registration or tag number and insurance card to the Riley County Treasurer's Office, and they will be able to process your renewal.
Please make an appointment by clicking the button below:
If you have the title, you need to bring in the title, the vehicle inspection, the registration from where it is currently registered, and proof of insurance.
The person who is named on the title is the only person who can register the vehicle.
If two names appear on the title with “and/or” between the names, only one person has to come in.
If two names are on the title with “and” between them, both persons must come in.
All vehicles coming from out of state must have a VIN inspection from the inspector in our lobby. The cost is $20.00 in cash.
If you do not have a title due to having a lien/loan on it, you will need to contact your lender to have them mail the original paper title to the Riley County Treasurer's Office located at 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan KS, 66502.
You will then need to come to the Riley County Treasurer's Office with your out-of-state registration and your proof of insurance.
You will have to pay $20.00 in cash for a VIN inspection.
Your title will then become a Kansas Electronic Title.
All out-of-state titles for used vehicles require inspection. The fee is $20.00 CASH ONLY and can be done in the lobby of the Riley County Office Building, 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan KS.
• Tuesday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
• Wednesday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
• Thursday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
A designee will also be at the Riley County Office Building Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to do Out of State Titles with Rebuilt Salvage Branding, Non-Highway title, and Salvage title inspections.
Yes. You first have to acquire a title in your name before it can be sold to another individual or business.
Business vehicles should be registered in the business name in the county where the business is located. Personal vehicles should be registered in the county where the person resides.
No. There are no extensions.
You will need to report the plate stolen to the Riley County Police Department. Bring the tag number and current insurance card, and we will replace the tag for $3.00.
You will need to come to the office to check the availability of the wording. If available we will order the plate for $45.50, plus registration, personal property taxes and any other applicable fees.
Not if you are a student or active duty military stationed at Fort Riley.
If you have delinquent personal property taxes in ANY county in Kansas, they MUST be paid before we can perform ANY motor vehicle transactions for you.
These tag forms and many others are available on the Riley County Website under motor vehicle forms.
Yes. Mail the license plate, Kansas owners’ registration, copy of new states' driver's license, new states’ vehicle registration and the completed Out of State Refund form. Property tax will be refunded based on the remaining full months of registration. The refund will be calculated based on when we receive all documentation. Checks are mailed the next business day after applying for the refund.
Out of State Refund Form (pdf)
Drop off (drop box) or mail your license plate, current owner's registration, and the completed In-State Refund form. The refund will be calculated based on when we receive all documentation. Checks are mailed the next business day after applying for the refund.
In-State Refund Form (pdf)
Military personnel not claiming Kansas as their home state of record are usually exempt from paying personal property taxes on their vehicles. The title may be in the name of the military personnel, the spouse, or both.
Military personnel claiming Kansas as their home state of record are allowed an exemption from paying personal property taxes on no more than two (2) vehicles. The name of the military personnel must be on the title of the vehicle(s) claiming the exemption.
To view the exemption qualifications click here Military Personnel Affidavit
Leased vehicles do not qualify for the military exemption. The legal owner of a leased vehicle is the leasing company, therefore, does not qualify for the personal property exemption.
The fee to transfer is $20.50 plus the difference in the property tax plus sales tax if applicable. The names on the two titles must be the same. If the old license plate is expired it can only be transferred if it is a personalized plate or a specialty plate. If this is your renewal month, your fees will be the same as a new license plate minus the $0.50 plate fee. The old vehicle must be sold or traded in, even if it is not running. As long as the title is still in your name, the plate must stay with the vehicle.
The Kansas State Parks Passport is a way for Kansas residents to buy an annual park permit at a reduced price and with the convenience of buying it when they register their vehicles. The Passport makes it convenient and affordable for Kansans to enjoy our 25 state parks, for families to reconnect with nature and each other, and help preserve the parks for future generations. Families can enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun for less than the cost of treating the family to a night at the movies. Kansas State Parks Passport FAQs
You must complete the Kansas Disabled Parking Certificate (https://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/tr159a.pdf) and return it to the Riley County Treasurer’s office.
The law requires re-certification every five years for verification of the status of the disabled individual.
There are five weeds declared noxious which are located in Riley County: Musk Thistle, Field Bindweed, Johnsongrass, Hoary Cress and Sericea Lespedeza.
No, Riley County can only sell herbicides for noxious weed control. We can make recommendations, but you must purchase the herbicides from your local dealer.
You only need a license to apply a restricted use pesticide (RUP). The only RUP that we sell is Tordon 22K. You must have a private applicator license to apply Tordon, but you may purchase the product and have a commercial applicator apply it for you if you are not licensed.
Reservations can be made by calling the Riley County Park Division at (785) 539-2981.
The key can be picked up at 6215 Tuttle Creek Blvd. from 7:30am to 4:00 pm on the day before your scheduled activity. If you are using the facility on a weekend, you must pick up the key before 4:00 pm on Friday.
The following rules and regulations apply to all county parks:
We offer this facility at no charge. Users are asked to help with the following:
Items available for use at Keats Park in the building are: tables (8), chairs (40), microwave, refrigerator, sinks, and restroom facilities.
The ball diamond may be reserved as follows:
No. We do not reserve shelters or picnic tables at CiCo Park, they are on a first come, first serve basis.
By law, all property in this state, not expressly exempt, is subject to taxation. [K.S.A. 79-101]
It provides funding for local services such as roads, parks, and fire protection.
All personal property, except certain motor vehicles and commercial/industrial machinery and equipment, is appraised at "market value" as of the first day of January each year.
Article 11, Section 1 of The Kansas Constitution provides that: Tangible personal property shall be classified into six subclasses and assessed uniformly by subclass at the following assessment percentages:
State-assessed and beyond the scope of this publication. Information in this publication does not apply to state assessed property. This classification is only applicable to non-highway titled motor vehicles and motor vehicles operated over 12,000 pounds on public roads. Motor vehicles operated under 12,000 pounds on public roads and "recreational vehicles" are appraised, assessed and taxed pursuant to statue (Kansas 79-5100 series).
By law, the county appraiser is responsible for listing and valuing property in a uniform and equal manner. The appraiser determines the appropriate value of the property within the county.
Owners of personal property are required by law to list their property as of the first day of January each year with the county appraiser.
KSA 79-303 states "Every person, association, company or corporation who owns or holds, subject to his or her control, any taxable personal property is required by law to list the property for assessment." See Chart
By law, every person, association, company, or corporation required to list property must personally sign the rendition. In addition, if a tax preparer completes the rendition, the preparer must also sign and certify that the information is true and correct. [K.S.A. 79-306]
K.S.A. 79-306 requires all taxable personal property to be listed, by the taxpayer, on a rendition (also referred to as a 'statement of personal property') and filed with the county appraiser on or before March 15th of each year, or the next following business day, if such date falls on a day other than a regular business day.
The county appraiser may extend the March 15th deadline if the taxpayer submits a request in writing, stating just and adequate reasons for the extension, and is received by the county appraiser on or before the March 15th due date, April 1st for oil and gas renditions. (K.S.A. 79-1422, K.S.A. 79-332a, and K.S.A. 79-1457)
By law, all tangible personal property subject to taxation must be listed and assessed as of the first day of January each year in the name of the owner. Individuals, companies and corporations that own or have tangible personal property subject to their control on January 1st, must list the property with the county appraiser on or before March 15th. When March 15th falls on a day other than a regular business day, the first business day following the deadline is considered timely. [K.S.A. 79-301, 79-303, 79-306, 79-1457] If personal property is not listed or if a rendition is untimely filed, the county appraiser is required by law to apply any applicable penalties. These penalties are set forth in K.S.A. 79-1422 and K.S.A. 79-1427(a) as follows: View Chart
If a taxpayer fails or refuses to file a rendition or, if the rendition filed does not truly represent all the property, the county appraiser has the duty to investigate, identify, list and value such property in an effort to achieve uniformity and equality. (K.S.A. 79-1411(b) and K.S.A. 79-1461) NOTE: To avoid incurring state mandated penalties, renditions must be filed by the deadline date. Counties have no authority to abate, waive, or refund the penalty mandated by K.S.A. 79-1422. Only the Board of Tax Appeals has the authority to abate, waive, or refund the penalty.
The county appraiser determines the value of personal property using publications and valuation guides prescribed by the State Division of Property Valuation as required by state law. [K.S.A 79-1456]
Personal property valued at market value does not necessarily depreciate each year. Typically, personal property valued with a formula driven value will depreciate each year, or until a minimum value is reached.
If a property value goes up, it does not necessarily mean the taxes will increase. Likewise, if a property value goes down or does not change, it does not automatically mean the taxes will decrease or remain the same.
Changes in property taxes are based in large part on how much the local government decides to spend on services each year. If values overall go up but local spending remains the same, the mill levy (tax rate) should be lower and therefore have little effect on the tax bill.
Notices of value for personal property are sent to the owner by May 1 each year. [K.S.A. 79-1460]
There are two ways property owners may challenge or "appeal" their personal property values.
1) The "notice of value" may be appealed by contacting the county appraiser's office by May 15th to schedule an informal meeting with an appraiser. [K.S.A. 79-1448]
2) After receiving the tax statement, the owner may file a "payment under protest" form with the county treasurer at the time the taxes are paid. If all the taxes are paid prior to December 20th, the protest can be made no later than December 20th (or by January 31st if the taxes are paid from an escrow account or by a tax service). [K.S.A. 79-2005] Taxpayers can NOT appeal the notice of value AND pay the taxes under protest for the same property in the same tax year. [K.S.A. 79-2005(b)]
The appraiser will demonstrate how the appraised value was determined for the property. The property owner should present information and documentation to support the value he or she believes should be on the property. The appraiser will review and evaluate all information and documentation presented at the hearing. A "hearing result letter" with the appraiser's final determination of value will be mailed to the property owner. If the owner is still not satisfied with the appraised value, he or she may further appeal to the State Board of Tax Appeals. [K.S.A. 79-1448, 79-2005]
The appraised value of the property is multiplied by the assessment rate (determined by the personal property subclass) for the assessed value. The assessed value is then multiplied by the mill levy (tax rate) for the tax unit where the property was located as of the assessment date (January 1). That figure is divided by 1,000 for the full year property tax amount.
Example: To calculate the property tax on personal property with an appraised value of $5,000: Appraised Value 5,000 x Assessment Rate *30% = Assessed Value 1,500 x Mill Levy 126.635 / 1000 = Property Tax $189.95. * 30% is the assessment rate for property in the "motor vehicle" or "other" subclass of personal property. ** 126.635 is the 2001 Manhattan city mill levy.
The mill levy is the tax rate that is applied to the assessed value of the property.
In general terms, the mill levy is computed by dividing the dollars needed for local services by the taxable assessed value in the service area.
In addition, the Unified School Districts of Kansas levy 20 mills for the school general fund. Capital outlay and local option budgets are levied as necessary.
After the local government budgets are published and meetings are completed in August of each year, the county clerk computes the final mill levies for each tax unit and certifies the tax roll to the county treasurer for collection.
Except for motor vehicles, personal property taxes are the responsibility of the owner of record on January 1 of each year.
Property is not prorated on the tax roll when acquired and is not prorated off the tax roll when disposed of (K.A S. 79-309). The only exceptions to this are for motor vehicles and when taxable property becomes exempt or exempt property becomes taxable.
Yes, if you close your business or sell all of your taxable personal property you must file a form the following year so we can remove you from the tax roll. The Appraisal Office cannot remove property from the tax roll without a signature on file from a taxpayer verifying that the property is no longer owned by them.
The full amount or the first half of the taxes for personal property assessed on the tax roll is due by December 20th each year. The second half of the taxes are due by May 10th of the following year.
If the first half of the personal property taxes are not paid by December 20th, then the full amount becomes due immediately and you no longer have the option of paying the second half by May 10th.
Taxes for motor vehicles that are registered with a tag weight of 12,000 pounds or less and taxes for Kansas RV titled recreational vehicles, are due in full at time of registration or renewal. [K.S.A. 79-5107, 5119]
Whenever the aggregate amount of tax owed for tangible personal property by any taxpayer is less than $5, the tax is cancelled and no personal property tax statement is issued. This applies only to the tax amount due, not the value of the personal property. [K.S.A. 79-344]
The county appraiser can answer taxpayer's questions concerning the classification and valuation of property. The county treasurer can answer questions about a tax bill or tax payment. The county clerk can answer questions regarding mill levies (tax rates) for taxing districts (tax units).
Yes. But it is often advantageous to leave your contact information so staff can respond back to you regarding the violation or to obtain additional information. Sometimes it is necessary for individuals to testify in court to provide evidence of ongoing violations. For more information on zoning enforcement issues in Riley County, contact Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332.
Multiple residences are permitted if the property is zoned B-1 (Two Family) or B-2 (Multiple Family) or if your property is subdivided into 2 lots.
At this time, accessory apartments are only permitted in the AG (Agricultural District) zoning district, subject to the use-specific standards of that district.
Secondary dwellings, such as a guest house, are only permitted in the AG (Agricultural District) zoning district as a Conditional Use, also subject to the use-specific standards of that district.
No accessory building shall be used as sleeping or housekeeping quarters unless expressly permitted in the zoning district in which the property is located.
Please contact Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332 for more information.
A PUD is an acronym for Planned Unit Development. It is a custom-made zoning district created to promote progressive and flexible land development which allows the combining of land uses not typically found in the same zoning district. The PUD zoning district provides for:
• A maximum choice of living environments
• A more useful pattern of open space and recreation
• A development pattern that preserves and utilizes environmental features
• A more efficient use of land and provision of services
• A development pattern in harmony with land use density, neighborhood character, transportation facilities, community facilities and economic development potential.
The PUD process has three steps:
1. The Planning Board reviews an application for a Planned Unit Development, which includes the submittal of a Preliminary Development Plan; the Planning Board holds a public hearing and forwards a recommendation of approval or denial to the Board of County Commissioners.
2. The Board of County Commissioners approve or deny the rezoning request, based on the details of the Preliminary Development Plan. Within seven days of approval of the application, the applicant must file a Notice of Approval of Planned Unit Development Preliminary Development Plan with the Register of Deeds.
3. Finally, the request goes back to the Planning Board to which the applicant submits a Final Development Plan for final approval and signature. The Final Development Plan is signed by the Director of Planning and Development.
Please contact the Planning & Development Department at (785) 537-6332 for more information.
The requirements and procedures for selling a portion of an existing parcel are outlined in the Manhattan Urban Area Subdivision Regulations and the Riley County Subdivision Regulations. These separate regulations apply in different portions of the unincorporated areas of the County. Contact the Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332 for more detailed information regarding this process.
Generally, in the unincorporated portions of the county, divisions of property that are 20 acres or greater are exempt from the platting requirements; however, within the Manhattan Urban Area, such divisions are only exempt if the property will be used strictly for agricultural purposes or as a cemetery. It is always a good idea to check with Riley County Planning & Development Department at (785) 537-6332 to determine any platting and/or zoning requirements prior to the sale of any land, particularly since this is information that likely will not be included in a title search or abstract of title.
State law requires that surrounding property owners within 1000 feet be directly notified whenever a rezoning, variance or conditional use is requested. Riley County also sends notice when a plat is being proposed. This notice tells you the time, date and place where the public hearing is being held, the requested change and where the property is located. You are welcome to attend this hearing to voice your support or concerns regarding the requested change or to just ask questions about the proposal. You may also at any time call Riley County Planning & Development at (785) 537-6332 to find out more about the request.
Yes, sign permits are required prior to the erection of any sign in the unincorporated areas of Riley County. Contact the Riley County Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332) for more information.
Please contact the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112. If you feel this is an emergency situation please call 911.
For City of Manhattan water service please contact 785-587-2480.
For Riley County Rural Water District #1 service please contact 785-537-4440.
For Riley County Water and Sewer Benefit Districts please contact the Riley County Public Works Department at 6215 Tuttle Creek Blvd or by calling 785-537-6335.
Yes, there is a $75.00 refundable deposit required in order to start water or sewer service in a Riley County Benefit District.
Generally, water or sewer service transfers can be received within 24 hours after:
•Completion of our Transfer of Existing Service form. (Note: For new connections please contact our office at 785-537-6335)
•Payments of the $ 40.00 activation fee and $ 75.00 refundable service deposit have been received.
Bills are mailed by the 5th of each month.
•All payments are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 18th of each month.
•Late notices are mailed on the 19th of each month with a 10% late fee.
•Disconnects are generally within 7 days after the late notices are mailed, and have a $75.00 non-payment fee assessed. Actual date of disconnection will be included with your late notice when it is mailed.
•Online bill pay
•In person, or drop box locations, at 6215 Tuttle Creek Blvd or 110 Courthouse Plaza
•U.S. Mail (please note due dates, and allow for mailing times, when choosing to mail your payment)
According to Kansas statute, real property is land and all buildings, fixtures, improvements, mines, minerals, quarries, mineral springs and wells, rights and privileges appertaining thereto, except as otherwise specifically provided.
By law, all property in this state, real and personal, not expressly exempt therefrom, is subject to taxation.
Tax dollars are used by local government to provide funding for roads, parks, fire protection, police protection, health and other services. Property taxes also fund public school districts.
By law, the county appraiser is responsible for listing and valuing property in a uniform and equal manner. The appraiser determines the appropriate value of your property. The amount of property taxes you pay depends on the budgets set by local government, special assessments, and an amount distributed to public schools.
If a property value goes up, it does not necessarily mean the taxes will increase. Likewise, if a property value goes down or does not change, it does not automatically mean the taxes will decrease or remain the same. Changes in property taxes are based in large part on how much the local government decides to spend on services each year. If values overall go up but local spending remains the same, the mill levy (tax rate) should be lower and therefore have little effect on the tax bill.
Homes, commercial real property and certain other property categories are appraised at "market value" as of the first day of January each year. Market value is the amount of money a well-informed buyer would pay and a well-informed seller would accept for property in an open and competitive market without any outside influence.
State law requires your county appraiser to view and inspect all real property in the county once every six years.
One sale by itself does not determine market value. In addition, inflation and other market conditions may effect the market value of your home as of January 1. The price you paid for your house is verified by the county appraiser and then considered along with sales of similar properties.
Notices of value are sent to the owner, as recorded in the register of deeds office, on or before March 1 for real property each year.
You can visit the county appraiser's office to review information on similar properties and verify that the information the appraiser's office has on your home is correct. In addition, real estate professionals can provide information about market conditions in your area.
For real property, the buyer is responsible for the property tax if the property is sold on or after January 1 and before November 1. The seller is responsible for the property tax if purchased on or after November 1 and prior to January 1 (K.S.A. 79-1805).
Call or come into the County Clerk's Office and we can provide this information with a legal description or the site address. If this information is not available we can help you find it on an aerial map.
The tax amounts are available with the address of the property, owner name or the legal description in the County Clerk's office. You may contact us at (785)537-6300.
An aerial view of your property can be printed out for you with this information if available. (Not for use as a legal survey)
Info may be found on the Riley County GIS website.
The value can be obtained by providing the County Clerk's office with the address of the property, owner’s name or the legal description. This information is also available on the Riley County GIS website at http://gis.rileycountyks.gov/
You may contact the Register of Deed's Office for a copy of the deed including the legal description. A legal description is obtained through a survey company. An abbreviated description is available in the County Clerk's office with the property address, owner’s name or viewing an aerial map.
All parcels of land in Riley County are listed in the computer along with the current owner of record. A call or visit to the Register of Deeds Office with an address, legal description, etc. will allow us to look that information up for you. Another valuable tool is the Riley County GIS Website www.gis.rileycountyks.gov. You can locate parcel ownership, subdivisions, land sections, etc.
No. Any change in ownership generally requires that a new deed be recorded. Exceptions to this rule may result either from court cases (i.e. divorces, foreclosures, probate, etc.) or from deaths where certain legal verbiage exists in the document and a death certificate has been recorded in our office. In these cases, the deed itself will not change even though ownership does. Evidence of ownership exists in the combination of the related documents.
If you do not receive a tax statement by the end of November, please contact the County Treasurer's office at 785-537-6321.
If you are responsible for paying taxes on a home or other real estate property, the full amount could be paid or half the amount on or before December 20 of that tax year. If the first half is paid, the second half of that year's taxes are due on or before May 10 of the following year.
If the first half of the current year real estate taxes are not paid by December 20, interest will start accruing December 21. You should receive a delinquent real estate tax reminder in February. If the mortgage company was to have paid these taxes, you must inform them that the Treasurer's office for the County did not receive the payment. If there are any questions, the mortgage company needs to call the County Treasurer's office at 785-537-6321.You or the mortgage company can pay the first half of the current year taxes with interest up until May 10. After May 10, if the first half of the real estate taxes has not been paid, the full amount of the current year tax plus interest will have to be paid. If the current year tax has not been paid by the first of August, there will be an additional fee of $16.00 for advertising. Riley County is required by Kansas State law (KSA 79-2303) to publish a list of unpaid real estate taxes. If taxes go unpaid by the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September, taxes will be put on the delinquent tax roll, and it becomes a lien on the real estate. If you want to pay delinquent years, Kansas State law (KSA 79-2401A) requires that the most delinquent year be paid first.
Real estate property taxes three years delinquent are subject to a tax foreclosure auction and public sale.
The first half of the personal property taxes are due on or before December 20. If you pay the first half of the personal property taxes in December, the second half is due on or before May 10 of the following year.
You may use a personal check, money order, cashier's check, cash, or credit card. You may also pay online with an e-check or credit card, please note there is an additional fee for these payment methods.
Payment may be made:
You may file a payment under protest only if you did not file an equalization appeal on the same property for the same tax year. If you have protested your first half payment of taxes, you may not protest your second half payment. You must file the Protest Form and pay the first half taxes due by December 20. If your taxes are paid by an escrow agent, you must file your protest no later than Jaunuary 31. After the deadline, any protests must be filed at the time taxes are paid.
If your property is located in Riley County outside of the limits of an incorporated city, you may call Riley County Planning & Development at 785-537-6332 to obtain that information. When you call please provide one of the following 1. the name of the property owner 2. the property's legal description or 3. the property's address.
Individuals are also welcome to come to the Planning & Development office located at 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan.