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Commissioners

How do I contact my Commissioner?

Go to the Commissioner Section, click on one of the District Maps at the bottom of the page find which district you are in. The commissioners' contact information is on the right hand side of the page.

How do I file a complaint?

Contact your Commissioner via email or phone; both of which are found under the Commission Tab.

How do I attend a Commission meeting?

The Board meets at 9 a.m. Mondays, or on a Tuesday following a Monday holiday, in the County Commission Chambers located in the Barton County Courthouse, Room 106. There is an agenda session at 9 a.m. followed by a study session. Citizens are invited and encouraged to attend both agenda and study sessions.

How do I schedule a meeting with the Commission?

If you would like to appear before the commissioners for an agenda item or a study session, please contact the Barton County Commissioners' Assistant to schedule arrangements at 620-793-1800.

How do I get on the Agenda Mailing List?

To receive the agenda and minutes via regular mail, submit a request in writing to the Barton County Commissioners' Assistant, 1400 Main, Room 107, Great Bend, KS 67530. Agendas only can be emailed. The mailing list is updated in December of each year.

Human Resources / Finance

How do I apply for a job?

Job Applications are only accepted when there is an open position (click here for list of current openings). Download the application form Barton County Employment Application. Return the completed application to the Barton County Human Resources Office, 1400 Main St, Room 107, Great Bend KS 67530. Positions remain open until they are filled.

How do I apply for a committee or board position?

Applications are only accepted when there is an open position (click here to see what positions are open) .Download the application form. Return the completed application to the Barton County Commissioners' Assitant, 1400 Main St, Room 107, Great Bend KS 67530. Positions remain open until they are filled.

How do I schedule a meeting room or bake sale in the courthouse?

The County only allows non-profit agencies to use meeting rooms in the courthouse and the meetings must be held during regular work hours. They can be scheduled by calling Facilities Management at 620-793-1873.

How do I schedule use of the park around the courthouse or the band shell?

The Jack Kilby Square (formerly known as Lafayette Park) belongs to the City of Great Bend. To schedule a function contact the City at 630-793-4111.

How do I submit a photo for the Barton County website?

If you have a picture of agriculture, oil, industry, business, nature, or of people enjoying life in Barton County, please forward it to Judy Goreham at jgoreham@bartoncounty.org or to Bj Wooding at mapping@bartoncounty.org.  If the county uses your picture you will be recognized on the website. Preferably pictures should have a horizontal view and in one of the following formats: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, or.png, and smaller than 5mb. The picture may be cropped to fit the website format.

Appraiser

How do I locate a property?

Please click HERE.

How do I find out who owns a property?

Please click HERE and enter the Property Address that you wish to find.

How do I look up an address?

If you know the owners name you can click HERE and search by owners name.

How does the County value my home?

To find out how the County values property please click HERE.

How do I appeal my value?

To learn how to appeal your value please click HERE

What is the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan?

To learn about this tax rebate plan please click HERE

Communications / 911

How do I obtain a burn permit?

By contacting the Fire Chief or Department/District that has jurisdiction in your area. A Fire Dept. representative will fill out a burn permit that is permanent for you.

How do I report controlled burning?

Once you obtain a burn permit from your local fire department you can call the number on the permit which is the Barton County Communications/911 administrative line. (620-793-1920) You will then give your information i.e. permit number, location of the burn and when you will be burning. Dispatchers will advise if weather conditions are acceptable to burn. Once granted the controlled burn will be noted in the dispatch system and broadcast over the radio to advise fire department personnel of the burn.

How do I obtain a 911 address?

Barton County Communications does all 911 addressing for the county. If you need a new address i.e., establishing a new residence or business, contact Barton County Communications via the administrative phone line. (620-793-1920). Advise the dispatcher of the location, property owner, what is being built or established and any other pertinent information. Someone from the Communications Department will travel to your location and measure for the address and reply with your new address. That address will be forwarded to the county mapping department for confirmation and placed on file.

County Clerk / Elections

How do I register to vote?

There are several ways to register, visit 1 of our Voter Registration Places or click the following link Kansas Election Registration and follow the directions on that page. Or click on the Registration Card complete, print, and then mail it to:

Barton County Clerk
1400 main Rm202
Great Bend, Ks 67530

Where do I go to Vote?

Please click on the following link "https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/" and follow directions on that page. Or call our office 620.793.1835 to inquire about your polling place.

How do I obtain a hunting or fishing license?

To obtain a hunting or fishing license please visit our office:

Barton County Courthouse
1400 Main Rm202
Great Bend, Ks  67530

For more information on hunting & fishing licenses visit Kansas Wildlife & Parks website at: "http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/"

How do I request public records?

To obtain public records please visit our office at:

Barton County Courthouse
1400 Main Rm202
Great Bend, Ks  67530

Please be specific when requesting information so the custodian can serve you better. Fees may apply for your request and fees will vary depending on the information requested. Requests will have to be in writing and we will provide a request form for you. Request may take up to 3 days.

How do I apply for or replace my Social Security Card?

to obtain or replace your SSN card please visit our office at:

Barton County Courthouse
1400 Main Rm202
Great Bend, Ks 67530

You can also visit Social Security's website at: "www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/"

Economic Development

How large is the county?

Barton County is approximately 900 square miles. It is a 30 miles by 30 miles square shaped county near the center of the state. There are 22 civil townships, 9 incorporated Cities and 6 unincorporated towns.

What is the county population?

The US Census Bureau estimates the 2012 population at 27,557.

Environmental Management / Zoning

How do I apply for a water well permit?

We can fax you an application, email it as a word document attachment, mail it to you, or you may click on the link. Water Well Permit Application Once you have completed the application, including your site diagram you will need to include a check payable to Barton County for the $60 permit fee and submit it to our office.  Once we receive your application, we will issue your permit.

How do I find out who is licensed to pump septic tanks in Barton County?

Click on the link to view the current list of Licensed pumpers. Licensed Pumpers 2013

How do I find out who is licensed to install wastewater systems in Barton County?

Click on the link to view the current list of Licensed Wastewater Installers. Licensed Installers 2013

How do I become licensed to pump septic tanks in Barton County?

You must complete an application, provide a copy of your current Kansas Driver's License, and submit your pump truck to an inspection. If your truck passes the water tight test, and is used exclusively for pumping wastewater, your driver's license is current and issued in Kansas, and you are willing to follow the requirements established for proper disposal of the wastewater then we will issue your license. The license is good from January 1st to December 31st and you must reapply every year. There is no fee for this License.

How do I become licensed to install wastewater systems in Barton County?

Upon request we will provide you with a contractor packet that includes the Barton County Environmental & Sanitary Code, KDHE Bulletin 4-2, 2013 Minimum System Requirements, KDHE Article 30, the test and the application. The test is open book and you must receive an 85% or better to pass. If you fail the test, then you may take another test, however it will not be open book and an appointment must be set up because the test will be proctored by office staff. There is no fee for this License. The License is good for two years January 1st to December 31st and as long as you renew by December 15th of the year you expire then you will not need to retake the test.

How do I apply for a building permit?

We can fax you an application, email it as a word document attachment, mail it to you, or you can click on the link. Building Permit Application Once you have completed the application, including your site diagram you will need to include a check payable to Barton County for the $25 permit fee and submit it to our office. Once we receive your application, we will issue your permit.

How do I find out if my property is in the floodplain?

Barton County's floodplain is now digital and is available to review at the FEMA website.

FEMA Map Service Center

You can plug in your address, or if you know the floodplain panel number you can use that, then simply zoom in to your property. Otherwise, you may contact our office and we will help you determine if your property is in the floodplain, and you can also contact the County Engineer.

Health Department

Apply for a Birth Certificate?

Available on line at http://www.kdheks.gov/vital or you may pick up an application form at the Health Department at 1300 Kansas in Great Bend, KS.

Report a health concern?

Call the Health Department at 620-793-1902.

Receive service from the Health Department?

Most services are provided on a walk in basis. Others may require an appointment; please call to check: 620-793-1902.

Receive information on Child Care?

Call the Health Department at 620-793-1902 or 1-877-793-1902.

Mapping

How do I get a map?

Go to the Mapping Department-Maps/GIS Section. There are several maps in a .pdf file format that can be viewed online or downloaded and printed. Other maps and GIS files can be ordered for a fee, prices and contact information is provided.

How do I locate a property?

Go to the Appraiser or Mapping Department Section, then the Parcel Search and click on the ORKA link. Follow the directions on the instruction page to see the information you want.

How do I find out who owns a property?

Go to the Appraiser or Mapping Department Section, then the Parcel Search and click on the ORKA link. Follow the directions on the instruction page to see the information you want.

How do I look up an address?

Go to the Appraiser or Mapping Department Section, then the Parcel Search and click on the ORKA link. Follow the directions on the instruction page to see the information you want.

Memorial Parks

Who do I contact about available grave sites?

Call Register of Deeds (620)793-1849

Who can mark grave sites or headstones?

Call Register of Deeds (620)793-1849

Who can give me information about the Veterans Memorial?

Call Mick Lang at (620)793-1816

Where do I find rules and regulations governing the cemeteries?

Call Register of Deeds (620)793-1816

Records

How do I get a copy of my birth certificate?

Barton County only has birth records from 1892 to July 1, 1911. You will need to contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics to get a certified copy of a birth certificate. You may visit their website at: http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/birth.html or contact their office by phone at 785.296.1400.

Where do I go to get a copy of a marriage license?

Barton County maintains a copy of marriage licenses that were issued in Barton County. We have marriage records from June 1872 to the present. We will need the name of the bride or groom to search our records. For more information, please call 620.793.1870.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of Vital Statistics maintains a copy of every marriage certificate issued within the state of Kansas since May 1, 1913. You may visit their website at: http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/marriage_howto.html or contact their office by phone at 785.296.1400.

How do I get a copy of a divorce decree?

Barton County is able to search District Court records for divorce decrees that were granted in Barton County. Divorce decrees detail the settlement of the divorce. We will need the year of the divorce and the names of the husband and bride (with maiden name and married name) in order to search our records. District Court can certify a copy of the divorce decrees. For more information, please call 620.793-1870.

Register of Deeds

What is the register of deeds office?

The Register of Deeds office is where all transactions pertaining to real estate (land) including certain types of liens and mortgages are recorded and maintained so that the public is made aware of their existence. This office also records financing statements and security agreements under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

What is a deed?

A deed is an instrument by which a buyer obtains title to the piece of property being sold. A deed comes in many forms. The most common source of passing title is called a warranty deed. The seller warrants that he has a good and clear title and guarantees that his predecessors have no interest in the title. There is also a quit claim deed. This is used to obtain from a person who is believed to have some interest or claim to the property. By this form of deed the grantor "quits" any claim he might have to the property.

What if I lose my deed?

The primary evidence of ownership of land is not so much the deed itself as the recording of the deed. Once recorded the original deed is returned to the new owner who usually places the deed in a safe place along with other important papers. If your deed is lost or misplaced, a copy may be obtained for the Register of Deeds office and certified with an official stamp. The copy may then be kept among the buyer's personal records. There is a fee for the copy and the certification.

Does a deed have to be recorded?

Although there is no time limit on recording deeds, a deed should be recorded as promptly after the transaction as possible. Failure to record a deed could render the transfer or mortgaging of the property impossible and create numerous legal difficulties.

What is a lien?

Many times the owner of property may owe money to various creditors. The lien allows creditors a means of preventing the property from either being sold or mortgaged until the debt is paid. Some of the types of liens recorded in the Register offices are: Tax Liens (for non-payment of taxes), and Mechanic Liens (such as repair or work done on a vehicle) are filed in the UCC area of the Register of Deeds office. Mechanic Liens for labor and materials furnished in construction on land are filed in the Clerk of the District Court's office. State sales and state income tax liens are also filed in the Clerk of the District Court's office.

What happens to a document when it is brought to the register of deeds office?

There are a number of steps that are taken when a document is brought or mailed in to be recorded before the original document is mailed back to the concerned party. The document is first evaluated for obvious errors and record ability and the correct fee is ascertained. We require a 3" margin at the top of the first page. Beginning indexing information is entered to create a receipt, fees are collected and a unique book and page number is assigned to the document and is applied to all pages of the document. Then the document is scanned and the remaining indexing information is entered into the computer. Upon completion of the indexing information the document is verified to ensure that the information  entered matches the information on the image.

What do you mean by "indexes"?

An index is the system by which a document can be located after recording. The Register of Deeds office has different mechanisms to retrieve indexed information. Document number, Grantor, Grantee, Legal Description.

How long will it take for a deed or other document to be returned?

Upon completion of the scanning, indexing, and verification of the document the documents are sorted and returned to the respective party. This process normally takes 3-7 business days.

How do I find the deed to my house?

The Register of Deeds office has a section referred to as the Index books. We can look up your property by your name or address this allows us to find the Book and Page that was assigned to the deed to your property.

Can I locate the mortgage on my house in the Register of Deeds office?

Yes. The mortgage is usually filed after the deed.

May I make out my own deed?

Yes, you can, but the Register of Deeds and staff always recommend the retention of an attorney or title company. The Register of Deeds office is a recording agency and therefore cannot make out deeds or answer those questions which pertain to legal matters.

Can you record property in the Barton County Register of Deeds office if the property is not located in Barton County?

No. The property or part of the property has to be located in Barton County.

What other kinds of records would I find in the register of deeds office?

Besides deeds, mortgages and liens, there are oil and gas leases, plats of additions to the cities in Barton County, county school records up to about 1960, honorable discharges from the armed services, powers of attorney and corporate records.

How far back do the records go?

The earliest records in the Register of Deeds office, written in elaborate manuscript, date back to the 1870s. Among the early records are the Patent Deeds recorded when land was bought from the United States government.

What is a Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)?

Uniform Commercial Code, more commonly known as UCC, became effective in Kansas in 1966. As the name implies, it was a code that was developed for uniform filings on personal and real estate property throughout the USA. The filing of a UCC Financing statement is what perfects or secures the loan on consumer goods, personal and real estate property.

July 1, 2001, the Kansas law concerning UCC filings changed. Financing statements covering consumer goods, and personal property are filed in the office of the Secretary of State in Topeka, Ks. Financing statements covering fixtures, timber to be cut, and as extracted oil, gas and other minerals that contain real estate are filed with the Register of Deeds in the county where the land is located.

Who is the Register of Deeds?

The Register of Deeds is an elected official for a four-year term who makes certain that the documents are recorded properly according to the laws of the state and maintains and preserves those records. The current Register of Deeds is Pam Wornkey.

Where is the Register of Deeds office located?

The office is located in the Barton County Courthouse at 1400 Main in Great Bend, Kansas, on the 2nd floor, Room 205.

Road & Bridge

Who do I report damaged or stolen signs to?

Call Road & Bridge (620)793-1816

How do I contact about damaged roads or potholes?

Call Road & Bridge (620)793-1816

If a stop sign is damaged or missing?

During working hours call Road & Bridge, after hours contact 911.

Who do I call about icy or snow drifted roads?

Call Road & Bridge (620)793-1816

Who do I contact about fixing driveways or replacing culverts?

Call Road & Bridge (620)793-1816.

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