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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..
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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.
Charges are filed by the State and not able to be dropped by a citizen. However, you may submit a written statement explaining why you wish to drop charges. This statement will require your signature to be notarized. Riley County has a Notary Public available to notarize signatures.
Your opinion is important to the prosecutor but once a report is received from the law enforcement agency, it will be reviewed. Your written statement will be considered, however, the final decision in charging the perpetrator is at the discretion of the prosecutor.
Only if it falls within the diversion guidelines.
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.
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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. USD 383 refers all cases of students with excessive unexcused absences to the Riley County Attorney's office.
--File formal charges--The County Attorney's office will file an arrest warrant or the juvenile and his parent(s) will receive a summons from the court directing them to appear and answer for the charges.
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. Parents of youth involved in the juvenile justice system are encouraged to become actively involved in helping their son or daughter address and resolve their involvement with the court system. Parents seeking advice are encouraged to work with the supervising probation officers and their child's attorney to help the child successfully complete any terms or conditions of their probation or diversion. Additionally, parents are encouraged to report violations of their child's probation or diversion to the supervising officer to resolve quickly any problems before the situation worsens.
***NOTE: You are encouraged to seek an attorney's advice concerning any questions you may have. We cannot give advice to anyone.
The first thing you should do is call the Department of Revenue, Driver Control Bureau in Topeka, Kansas at (785)296-3671, if it's suspended in Kansas, and ask them why your license is suspended and what they need from you to clear the matter up. If you have proof that your license has been reinstated, bring that in to the Riley County Attorney's Office or to Court on your appearance date. If you were eligible for reinstatement and you were not suspended for a DUI or other alcohol related offense, or you are not under another suspension, that charge will be dismissed. Normally, when you have provided the required documentation to Driver Control Bureau, such as proof of insurance from your insurance carrier, proof that a fine was paid, etc. and pay the reinstatement fee, currently $100.00, they will issue you a letter stating that your license is reinstated. BE SURE TO CHECK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE FOR THE DOCUMENTATION THAT IS REQUIRED. The number to the Driver Control Bureau is: (785) 296-3671. Reasons that your license may be suspended that you may not be aware of are:
ALWAYS notify the Department of Revenue whenever your address changes. Any notices regarding your license will be sent to the last address that you provide them. You will be prosecuted for DWS even if you did not receive notice of suspension from the Department of Revenue because you failed to proved them with a change of address.
The fines for this type of offense often change. Furthermore, a judge decides the amount you are fined. You should consult an attorney if you want to know the possible punishment for this offense. As of July 1, 2002, if you were not suspended for a DUI, possible punishment for a first time offense is:
**NOTE: a more severe punishment may be ordered if your license was suspended because of a DUI.
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.
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.
Emergency Management plans to send notices about burning restrictions due to conditions using the Everbridge Emergency Notification System. We recommend that everyone who has a burn permit sign up for this FREE service.
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.
Either call 537-6333, stop by 115 N. 4th street and fill out an application at the Emergency Management office on the second floor of Courthouse Plaza East building, or
Shepherd’s Crossing is helping distribute food cards to people who need assistance. Please click here to contact Shepherd’s Crossing or if you would like to apply for assistance.
MHK Together is accepting online donations of money through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mhktogether/
With the money, they are purchasing food cards which will be distributed through Shepherd’s Crossing. Please click here to contact Shepherd’s Crossing if you would like to apply for assistance.
Please drop off non-food essential items (diapers, wipes, household goods, etc--NOT food) at the Manhattan Emergency Shelter at 416 S 4th Street. Individuals are instructed to leave things on the table at the side door then someone will come out and get the donation. The Emergency Shelter is open 8am to 9pm. Phone number is 785-537-3113.
The USD383 Fit Closet is also accepting donations. Find more information at https://www.fitcloset.org/
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.
This graphic explains the differences in symptoms.
A few hours to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
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, seek medical attention and follow the recommendations of your doctor.
The CDC has guidelines for caring for someone who has the Coronavirus.
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.
10 days is the required quarantine time, adopted as of December 10, 2020.
Patients may end their quarantine period after day 10 if they do not develop symptoms.
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).
An individual, or group of individuals, isolated or quarantined may request a hearing in district court contesting the isolation or quarantine BUT this will not stay or enjoin an isolation or quarantine order. Upon receipt of a request, the court shall conduct a hearing within 72 hours after receipt of the request. While the district courts are currently closed, the Chief Justice’s order has made provisions for the filing and hearing of these appeals. See K.S.A. 65-129c.
The Riley County Police Department Dispatchers are here to serve you around the clock. They are the critical bridge between the public and medical assistance that could save a life.
Help us ensure they can get help to the people who need it most by only calling 911 for emergencies.
Apple and the CDC, together with the White House and FEMA, launched a new website with a COVID-19 screening tool to help people protect their health. This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19.
Let’s all look out for each other by knowing our status, trying not to infect others, and reserving care for those in need.
A question and answer hotline for general questions about the coronavirus response in Riley County is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Q&A hotline number is 785-587-4526. The phone line is not staffed and will allow you to leave a voicemail. You call will be returned as soon as possible. Please be patient, we are receiving a high volume of calls and emails at this time and will do our best to respond quickly.
A screening hotline staffed by medical personnel is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon or from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide guidance for anyone who has symptoms. The screening hotline number is 785-323-6400.
Masks or face coverings must be worn in any public space in Riley County as of November 24, 2020, per the details of Local Health Order No. 19
A “public space” means any indoor or outdoor space or area that is open to the public; this does not include private residential property or private offices or workspaces that are not open to customers or public visitors. Masks are not required in outdoor public spaces if a distance of 6 ft can be maintained.
A “mask or other face covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears, or is simply wrapped around the lower face.
If you have received both doses of the vaccine, it is recommended you continue to wear a mask so you do not risk spreading COVID-19 to those who have not been vaccinated.
Read the complete text of Local Health Order No. 19 on the Riley County website at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=2804
Find more information from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
An outbreak is defined as five or more cases that are linked epidemiologically with respect to person, place, and time. In other words, the five patients shared close contacts and location, and have symptom onsets within 14 calendar days of each other.
Read the full text of Local Order No. 20 at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20041/Local-Order-No-20
Read the news release for the order at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1286
Please use the links below to find information about health orders and executive orders in neighboring counties:
The State of Kansas
Read the complete text of Local Health Order No. 20 at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20041/Local-Order-No-20
Masks or face coverings must be worn in any public space in Riley County.
Local Health Order No. 20 is effective at 12:01 am on 01 March, 2021 and shall remain in effect until April 1st, 2021, unless extended, amended, or revoked, and shall remain in effect until amended, superseded, or rescinded in writing, by the Riley County Local Health Officer or the Board of Riley County Commissioners, sitting as the Board of Health.
A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Read more about face coverings on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
The City of Manhattan passed an ordinance requiring most people within city limits to wear a mask or face covering. The ordinance was passed on July 7 Read the details of the ordinance on the cityofmhk.com website.
Find a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Manhattan Face Mask Ordinance on the Riley County Police Department website rileycountypolice.org
Read more about how to wear face coverings from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html
Read the City of Manhattan mask ordinance at https://cityofmhk.com/DocumentCenter/View/59247/7488-Require-Face-Covering-070720
The Riley County Police Department (RCOD) will field complaints of ordinance violations by email at [email protected]. Do not call 911 to report a violation of the ordinance.
RCPD posted a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions on their website at http://www.rileycountypolice.org/faq/manhattan-mask-ordinance-faqs.
Yes. If you have been told to quarantine for 10 days, you must complete the quarantine even if you tested negative during that time.
If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test, you probably were not 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 early in your infection and 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
If symptoms develop, call the Riley County Screening line to speak with a nurse 785-323-6400. The Screening Line is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.
Call your doctor
If you have recently traveled to an area experiencing widespread disease transmission, or have been in close contact with someone who has and is sick with COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider.
Call the Riley County Screening Line
If you are having symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call our screening call center at 785-323-6400.
KDHE continues to provide testing for all Kansans with no out of pocket fees through March 20th. As part of the Kansas Unified Testing Strategy, WellHealth will continue to provide free saliva-based testing today and every day, except Sundays, holidays, and severe weather days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 419 Holiday Drive in Manhattan. Appointments are recommended and can be made online at https://www.gogettested.com/kansas . In addition to WellHealth, if a person has a referral from their doctor’s office and makes an appointment, they can receive rapid testing at the Health Department.
Results take an average of 48 - 72 hours and all participants will be contacted.
In partnership with RADXUP there are also free mobile testing events scheduled throughout the month of March across the county.
March 8th 10am - 12pm, NE Community Park, 680 Knox Lane, Manhattan
March 10th, 4pm-6pm, Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Avenue
March 17th, 4pm-6pm, Riley Swimming Pool, 200 North Clay Street, Riley
Watch a video about the nasal swab testing process at https://fb.watch/2owZ8Jff8H/
Questions about free testing? Please call the Riley County Health Department at (785) 776-4779 during regular business hours.
K-State students should contact Lafene Health Center to get tested. 785-532-6544 https://www.k-state.edu/lafene/
You can also be tested at your own doctor’s office. Please call ahead for instructions.
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.
Your results will NOT be sent my mail, email, or text message.
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) 323-6400.
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).
There are four significant testing facility types operational in Kansas for COVID-19 testing:
Test swabs from the Riley County Swabbing Station are sent to the Kansas Health and Environmental lab in Topeka.
Test results from the Riley County Swabbing site are taking 3-5 days. This is due to the volume of samples being processed by the KDHE lab in Topeka.
You will get a phone call from your doctor or from Health Department staff with your test results.
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.
KDHE has broadened the testing criteria for COVID-19 in an effort to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 in Kansas.
Any Riley County resident who has at least two of the symptoms below, should contact the Riley County Health Department Screening Hotline at 785-323-6400 to receive guidance and further instructions:
After you are tested for COVID-19:
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.
“It is a good idea to quarantine anytime you are tested, to avoid spreading or contracting the virus while you wait for results,” said Riley County Health Department Administrator Julie Gibbs.
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 5:00 p.m. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911.
Beginning March 1st Riley County will be following the vaccine phases as mandated by Kansas Department of Health and Education Services.
Explanation of phases CLICK HERE
To help protect our most vulnerable citizens, we are currently working to vaccinate those 65 and older with severe medical risks. Individuals who are 18-64 with severe medical risks fall under KDHE’s Phase 3.
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 16 years and older. and the Moderna vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older. Trials did not initially include children and more study is needed to determine effectiveness for children under the age of 16.
To date, Riley County Health Department has only received the Moderna vaccine.
Generally, two doses are needed to provide the best protection against COVID-19. The first dose “primes” the immune system, helping the body recognized the virus, and the second dose strengthens the immune response.
According to a document Moderna submitted to the FDA, it’s vaccine can provide 80.2% protection after one dose, compared to 95.6% after the second (in people aged 18 to 65 – it’s 86.4% in those over 65).
How do I know when I can get my booster shot?
Do I need to re-register for the second dose?
How do I get an appointment for my second dose?
Do you have enough doses for the second dose?
Do I need to get my second dose from the same organization I got my first?
What are the side effects of the second dose?
Should I take Tylenol before I get my booster shot?
The most common side effects are pain and swelling on the arm at the site of the injection. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, and a headache. It is important to note that these symptoms are immune responses and signs that your body is reacting appropriately.
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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both COVID-19 vaccines have shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19. Those vaccines were carefully evaluated in clinical trials and were only approved because they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. Getting a vaccine is a safer way to help your body protect you by creating an antibody response without getting sick.
While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing help reduce your chances of being exposed or spreading it to others, these steps are not enough. Getting a vaccine and following the CDC’s recommendations will offer the best protection.
Experts believe that getting the vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill if you happen to get COVID-19.
We believe vaccines may be available to the general public (Phase 4) sometime in the spring - but we do not know for sure. We receive our vaccines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Riley County is currently vaccinating in Phase 2.
Riley County Vaccine Phases
Shots are currently being administered at Pottorf Hall at CiCo Park in Manhattan.
There is an aTa Bus stop at CiCo Park on Route 1, which is highlighted in red below. The bus begins running at 7:00 am and stops at 7:27 pm. Click HERE for more information.
Yes. The mask order is still in effect in Riley County as well as the City of Manhattan.
CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household. Social distance and good hand hygiene should also continue.
Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.
There are an estimated 75,000 people in Riley County. The small amount of vaccines we have received were given to those who are in Phase 1 (healthcare providers, EMS staff, first responders, some health department staff, and a few critical infrastructure staff) and we have now begun Phase 2. We are prioritizing those who are most at risk for catching or spreading the virus, or are essential for the safety of the community.
As additional shipments are received, Riley County will move through the phases of vaccine priority below and work as quickly as possible to get everyone vaccinated who wishes to be.
If you are interested in receiving the coronavirus vaccine in the future, please go to our website and sign up here: www.rileycountyks.gov/vaccinerequest . Vaccines are not available to the general public right now.
If you prefer to sign up by phone, please call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and provide your information over the phone: 785-565-6560. If you do not reach someone, please leave a message with your first and last name and phone number and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
Currently, two vaccines have been approved for distribution in the fight against COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna have both produced vaccines the FDA has deemed safe and effective.
To see a breakdown of both of the vaccines please click below:
COVID-19 VACCINE FACT SHEET
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 Statics at (785) 296-1400 or at their website is 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, concealed and carry, registered offender or limited term license must visit the Main Driver's License Office for all services.
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 an out of state driver's license.
Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You can electronically register or file by paper. Please go to the election website for further instructions.
The Secretary of State Office has a website that allows you to electronically file a voter registration application. Please do not electronically register vote 30 days before an election.
Rich Vargo, County Clerk, email: [email protected]Susan Boller, Election Supervisor, email: [email protected] Election Web Site
To find your polling place you must first be a registered voter in Kansas. Click on the link to locate your polling location.
Riley County has elections every year. In even numbered years we have State and Federal elections. The primary is in August and the general is in November. In odd numbered years we have our City and School Elections. The primary (if needed) is in August and the general is in November. Please watch our website for city/school primary elections. The City/School General is held on the first Tuesday November.
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.
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. All construction within the 100-year floodplain requires a Floodplain Development Permit before construction begins. For more information about the floodplain, please contact Steve Higgins at (785) 537-6332 or
Riley County District Court cannot issue marriage licenses at this time.
People who live in Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, or Wyandotte County will get their marriage licenses through the District Court in their county:
People who live in other counties will now be able to choose from 14 court locations to get a marriage license:
Courts will receive applications by encrypted email or mail
Marriage license paperwork requires the applicant to provide a photo identification that includes personally identifiable information, such as date of birth, Social Security number, or driver’s license number. To protect this information, courts will begin an encrypted email exchange with the applicant through which the applicant will return completed paperwork.
If an applicant does not have email, courts will also send and receive paperwork by U.S. mail.
Fulfilling the oath requirement
Marriage license applicants previously were required to appear in person in the clerk of court’s office to swear an oath that includes affirming:
Under the new process, applicants will make this affirmation on paper.
Prior marriage license applications will not be processed
If a person submitted a marriage license application before courts closed to in-person contact on March 18, 2020, and the marriage license was not issued, the person will need to submit a new application to a court issuing marriage licenses using this new process. This applies even if the earlier application was submitted to a court that will now issue marriage licenses, and it is to ensure all requirements are met.
For more information about the floodplain, please contact Steve Higgins at (785) 537-6332. Email Steve Higgins...
The HHW facility is located at 6245 Tuttle Creek Blvd. We are 2 miles west of the intersection of Seth Childs Road and Tuttle Creek Blvd. on the south side of the highway. We are the second driveway when you reach the Riley County facilities. Look for our sign that says RILEY COUNTY NOXIOUS WEED and HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE.
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 Gas, solvents and antifreezeFlorescent light bulbsAerosolsOld Prescriptions (no controlled medicines, nor sharps accepted)Miscellaneous: roofing tar, sealers, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, mercury and smoke detectors
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.
Our clinic services are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Thursday, 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM; Friday, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Our office hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Thursday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Our administration offices are open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
The Health Department is located at 2030 Tecumseh Road which is located just south of Claflin Road and just west of Sunset. This location is a few blocks west of KSU campus and one block west of Mercy Health Center's Sunset campus.
The Family and Child Resource Center is located at 2101 Claflin Road in the lower level. Use the entrance located in the center of the building on the south side.
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.
USD 383 Parents as Teachers Playgroup
Playgroup meets Monday-Thursday from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. on the first floor the Riley County Family and Child Resource Center located at 2101 Claflin Road, Manhattan.
. To find out specific details regarding playgroups please contact 785-587-2058
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.
The meetings for prospective providers in Riley County are held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Family Child Resource Center, 2101 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS.The meetings for prospective providers in Geary County are held on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Library Corner, 238 W. 8th Street in Junction City, KS.The orientation discusses all information pertinent for obtaining a license, to include training requirements, licensing requirements, etc. It is also a time for prospective providers to bring questions or concerns for discussion. Please pre-register for classes in Riley County by calling 785-776-4779 extension 7604 and in Geary County by calling 785-776-4779, extension 7678.
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).
Riley County Health Department collaborates with Riley County Environmental Health to assure the school inspections are completed each fall. Results of Schools Inspections for each year are available online (link).
Please call the local office of Kansas Department for Children and Families at (785) 776-4011 (TTD: 1-800-776-3777).
Title Fees $10.00
Transfer Fees $10.50
Autos less than 4500 pounds $39.00
Autos over 4500 pounds $49.00
12M Trucks $49.00
2000 - 8000 pounds $35.00
8001 - 12000 pounds $45.00
12001 pounds and over $55.00
a. If the weight of the trailer and the load combined is less than 2,000 pounds, registration is optional. Our office recommends tagging and titling on initial purchase for proof of ownership. If a farm trailer hauling the farmer's own product has a load of less than 6,000 pounds, registration is optional. For fees on trucks with gross weight of over 16,000 pounds, call the County Treasurer's Office at 785-537-6320.
b. Property tax is paid at the time of registration/title application and is determined in the County Treasurer's Office. The exceptions are heavy trucks, trailers, and mopeds, whose taxes are determined by the County Appraiser's Office.
c. Reflectorized plate fee is $0.50.
d. Sales tax will be collected in the tag office if the vehicle is bought from an individual, purchased out of state or the sales tax paid to a dealer was less than the sales tax rate where the vehicle will be registered. e. The fee to transfer a tag is $20.50 plus the difference in the property tax.
f. Lien holder fee is $1.50.
Auto, truck, and motorcycle tags expire on the last day of each month, with the exception of heavy trucks (over 12,000 pounds) and trailers, which expire December 31st with a grace period until the last day of February.
If you do not have the title because the lienholder of that state keeps it until the vehicle is paid for have the lienholder fax a copy of the front and back of the title to the Riley County Treasurer's Office at 785-537-6326. You will then need to come to the Riley County Treasurer's Office with your out-of-state registration and your Kansas insurance card(s). We will then do a one time courtesy registration. The State will write to your lienholder and request the out-of-state title be sent to them and the State of Kansas title will be sent to your lienholder.
All out-of-state titles for used vehicles require inspection. The fee is $20.00 in CASH ONLY and can be done in the lobby of the Treasurer's Office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The address of the Riley County Treasurer is 110 Courthouse Plaza, Manhattan KS. A designee will also be at the Geary County Sheriff's Department Tuesday mornings to do Non-Highway and Salvage title inspections. Please call their office at 785-238-2261 for hours.
Yes, send the tag, Kansas owner's registration, copy of new States' Driver's license and vehicle registration and the completed Out of State Refund form.
Bring in your tag, current owner's registration, Social Security number (for a personal vehicle) or Federal ID# (for business or lease vehicles), the name and address of the person to whom the vehicle was sold and the completed In State Refund form. Refunds are calculated from the month they are received and checks are mailed the next business day after applying for the refund.
Reservations can be made by calling the Riley County Park Division at (785) 539-2981.
The following rules and regulations apply to all county parks:
The ball diamond may be reserved as follows:
A Rendition is an Ad Valorem Tax Return, also referred to as a Rendition, or Statement of Personal Property and is used to report tangible personal property to the County Appraiser on a yearly basis.
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).
If any person, association, company or corporation has in their possession or custody any taxable personal property belonging to others, it shall be their duty to list the property with the appraiser in the name of the owner of the property. See Chart
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)
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
The county appraiser has the duty of listing and appraising all tangible personal property in the county that is owned by, held, or in the possession of a business. 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.
Penalty Appeal Rights:The State Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) has the authority to abate any penalty imposed under this section and order the refund of the abated penalty. In order to appeal a penalty the taxpayer should obtain the proper form from the county appraiser's office, complete the form, and submit it to the county. The county would then submit the form to the State Board of Tax Appeals for consideration (BOTA). Either party may request that BOTA rehear or reconsider its decision if such request is made within 15 days from the date of BOTA's decision.
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)]
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. Contact the county clerk in the county where the property is located for the correct mill levy to use.
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]
Guide to New Address Assignment
Many times utility companies will require a property address prior to providing utilities to a site. Guide to New Address Assignment
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 (785) 537-6332 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.
If your property is located in the unincorporated area of Riley County you may find your zoning on the Riley County GIS website and the click on Building Setback Requirements. You may also call the Riley County Planning & Development at (785) 537-6332 to obtain that information. When you call you should know one of the following to make sure the correct property can be located: 1. the property owner 2. the property's legal description or 3. the property's address.
If your property is located in the unincorporated area of Riley County you may find your zoning on the Riley County GIS website or call the Riley County Planning & Development at (785) 537-6332 to obtain that information. When you call you should know one of the following to make sure the correct property can be located: 1. the property owner 2. the property's legal description or 3. the property's address.
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. All construction within the 100-year floodplain requires a Floodplain Development Permit before construction begins. For more information about the floodplain, please contact Steve at (785) 537-6332 or
The PUD process has two steps: the Preliminary Development Plan and the Final Development Plan. The Planning Board reviews the application for approval of the Preliminary Development Plan, holds a public hearing, then sends its recommendations on to the BOCC for action. Upon approval of the application, within seven days the owner records a statement with the Register of Deeds. The owner submits a Final Development Plan to the RCPB before a building permit is issued. This final plan must be in substantial compliance with the Preliminary Development Plan.
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.
1. the property owner2. the property's legal description or3. the property's address
An even more accurate method of determining zoning of a property is to come to the Planning & Development office. This way staff can locate the property on the computer mapping system and also answer any question you may have about the zoning.