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We frequently receive calls at the commissioners’ office about whether there are zoning regulations, building codes and occupancy permits required within Logan County.

Our standard response is that the county has no planning commission and there are no restrictions in regard to any of the above in unincorporated areas of the county where commissioners have
jurisdiction.

However, when construction is taking place within a housing addition, one should be aware that there may be covenants and restrictions in place over which the Board of County Commissioners have no control. These may specify the type of structure allowed on a property, whether a trade or business is permitted, what type and number of animals one may have and the method of governance within the addition. Documentation regarding covenants is filed in the county clerk’s
office at the courthouse and is accessible to the public.

Another call we receive occasionally is about where and how to pay a traffic ticket. In these cases, we refer the party to the court clerk’s office. People often confuse the office of the county clerk
with the office of the court clerk. This is easy to do since both sound similar. However, duties differ.

The county clerk is basically the record keeper for the county. All legal instruments, such as deeds and mortgages, are filed with the county clerk. The county clerk also holds county records and account information. On a financial note, the county clerk reviews claims for payment of goods and services purchased or contracted by the county, and prepares the proper warrants for payment. The clerk acts as a purchasing agent for the county, as well as being record keeper for receipts and expenditures of the county, and official custodian of the commissioner minutes. The clerk is also secretary to the Excise Board and Tax Roll Corrections Board.

The court clerk has the primary responsibility to record, file and maintain as permanent records the proceedings of the district court. The clerk also functions as a processor and licensing agent. Fees for licenses and payments for court costs are paid to the clerk. They are recorded and deposited by the clerk into the court fund.

More information about county staff and services can be found in the “Taxpayer’s Guide to the Logan County Budget,” at logancountyok.com under the “Budget” link. You are also always welcome to give me a call at 282.3581.

Mark Sharpton
County Commissioner
District 1

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