Treasurer’s office will shut down for vehicle licensing
by Dennis Sharkey
The Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office will be closed for an entire week in May to accommodate a new state-wide vehicle registration system.
The office will remain open for tax payments but Treasurer Mary Underwood said on Monday that residents should think about using the mail or Web site to pay taxes because there will be fewer windows open during the period of May 1 to May 8. There will be no motor vehicles registered statewide from May 1 to May 7.Underwood said the state has been working on the new system for about three years and launch dates have been scheduled twice before but did not come to fruition.
“I’m going to say it’s set in stone even though it was set in stone before and it didn’t happen,” Underwood told commissioners on Monday.
On April 5 the office will not open until 9 a.m. because they will be testing the new system.
Underwood said if there are no problems with the system they will begin registering vehicles on Monday May 8.
In other actions:
• Underwood reported that Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative will begin removing power pedestals from the Lakeside Village Campgrounds.
There will be between 116 and 138 pulled. They are on county owned lots.
• Road and Bridge Director Francis Hubbard gave an update on road crews and said crews will spend the next couple of days on maintenance because of weather.
• Hubbard said his department needs to look at upgrading the patch truck and bucket truck. The patch truck is used to fill holes in the road. Hubbard said he is looking for used vehicles.
• Hubbard said the new road graders should be arriving by the end of the month.
• Commissioners opened two bids for a bridge replacement on 154th Street about one-eighth of a mile east of Ferguson Road. The bridge has been shut down since October because of a structural defect.
The bids were forwarded to Hubbard for review. One of the bids stated that work would not begin until August 2013. Chairman Richard Malm said that would be too long to wait.
• Commissioners held a public hearing to vacate an easement on Northwind Drive. The county gained the easement to complete roadwork and will now return the property.
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