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8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

Tag Office

8:30-4:00 Monday-Friday

Treasurers Office

8:30-4:00 Monday-Friday

District Court

8:30-4:00 Monday-Friday

Sheriffs Office

8:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

Drivers License Office

8:30-4:00 Tuesday and Friday only


Sanitation & Environmental Services



For information on sanitary septic systems

contact us before installing to obtain a permit

and setup an inspection of the site.

A copy of our codes can be found HERE

Please Contact

Eric Bailey

Environmental Services Coordinator

210 S National

Fort Scott, KS 66701

620-223-3800 ext 126

620-215-5183 mobile

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Severe Weather Awareness Week
March 4-8, 2013

Tornadoes  |  Severe Thunderstorms  |  Lightning   |   Flood   |   Statistics   |   Products

Join the NWS and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and Kansas Division of Emergency Management during Severe Weather Awareness Week March 4-8, 2013 to promote severe weather safety.


State emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a  Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013.  Every school, citizen and business is encouraged to participate in the drill. 

NWS Springfield will issue a test tornado warning as part of the drill.  Local warning sirens, NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be activated to signal the start of the drill. The "TOR" code for EAS and NOAA Weather Radio will be used again this year to simulate what would occur in the event of an actual tornado warning

Residents should treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning. The purpose of the drill is to test everyone's readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, and damaging winds. Local officials may sound warning sirens to initiate the drill. 

Be Weather Ready

The Weather Ready Nation is about building community resilence in the face of increasing vulnerability from extreme weather events. Recent tornadoes, floods, drought, etc. demontrate the need to be prepared.   Are you weather ready?  Here are resources to help you be prepared before disaster strikes.

Ready.gov   | SEMA  |  NWS Tornado Safety  |  Safe Rooms - FEMA

Tornado Information & Safety

The deadly tornado that devastated Joplin on May 22, 2011 demonstrated the awful power of a tornado. This tornado resulted in 158 fatalities which is the deadliest single tornado since 1953. 

Missouri recorded 29 tornadoes in 2012 resulting in 6 fatalities and 70 injuries.  

Kansas recorded 94 tornadoes in 2012 resulting in 1 fatalities and 50 injuries

Other notable tornado events over the past few years across the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas:

May 4th, 2003 | March 12th, 2006 | Jan 7-8, 2008May 8th, 2009 |

Severe Thunderstorm Information & Safety

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Severe thunderstorms produce a variety of weather hazards including tornadoes, large hail, damaging straight line winds, flooding, and lightning.   Now is the time to review Severe Weather Safety Information.

Severe thunderstorms producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and large hail can be a threat to life and property.  Damaging straight line winds are much more common than tornadoes and can be just as deadly. 

Those caught outdoors during a severe thunderstorm are particularly vulnerable.  Boaters and campers that enjoy the recreational opportunities of the Ozarks should be especially alert to the potential of severe storms.  High winds associated with severe thunderstorms can strike suddenly.  Winds in excess of 60 mph can easily capsize boats and put campers at risk due to falling trees. 

 Flood Informatilon & Safety

Typically, flooding results in more weather related fatalities than any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive across a flooded road. 

For more information go to the Flood Safety Awareness page. 

One of the primary flood hazards and causes of flood related deaths across the Ozarks is driving into low water crossings. Every year a few adventurous drivers attempt to cross flooded roads and fail.  Learn more about  Low Water Crossings.

Take a look at Low Water Crossing Locations across the Ozarks.







Water weighs 62.4 lbs. per cubic foot and typically flows downstream at 6 to 12 mph.  When a vehicle stalls in the water, the water’s momentum is transferred to the car. For each foot the water rises, 500 lbs. of lateral force is applied to the automobile.

But the biggest factor is bouyancy. For each foot the water rises up the side of the car, the car displaces 1500 lbs. of water. In effect, the automobile weighs 1500 lbs. less for each foot the water rises.  Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles!!!

Lightning Information & Safety

At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress somewhere on Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms a year! In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is also extremely dangerous. 

Tragedies in school sponsored athletics are unfortunately a growing trend as well. When thunderstorms threaten, coaches and officials must not let the desire to start or finish an athletic activity or event cloud their judgment when the safety of participants and spectators is in jeopardy. 

For more lightning facts and safety information go to the  NWS Lightning Awareness page.


Hazardous Weather Statistics

 For more information about the impact of severe weather, go to NWS Natural Hazards Statistics page.  Also take a look at the Natural Hazard Risk Assessment for your county.

 2012 Severe Report Summary

Missouri Summary  Kansas Summary  More Resources from the Storm Prediction Center
Total Reports  712  1014

Annual Severe Weather Summary

Annual U.S. Killer Tornado Statistics

Annual Tornado Summary

Annual Tornado Track Maps 

Severe Weather Data for GIS

Severe Weather Climatology 

Tornadoes 29 94
Hail Reports 246 426
Wind Reports 434 443

Missouri Severe Weather Statistics

2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
29 80 64 45 87 42 102 32 69 84 29 39 27
6 158 5  3 19 3 13 1 7 19 4 1 0
70 1182 19  19 232 3 273 9 27 171 56 0 0
Flash Floods or Flooding
0 3  3 2 9 2 2 3 1 1 3 3 2
0 0 0  0 0 4 2 0 1 0 7 6 0
0 3  1 2 0 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0
0 6 7  1 17 5 2 5 50 10 1 36 6
Thunderstorm Winds
2 0  0 2 0 0 2 0 10 21 12 4 4
101 9 7  8 22 2 47 5 78 181 65 51 27
Combined Totals
8 164  9 9 28 7 18 6 10 21 12 4 4
171 1195 33  21 271 14 324 19 78 181 65 51 27
More Kansas Severe Weather Statistics can be found here


Severe Weather Products and Services

Did you know that your NWS in Springfield, Mo. offers a wealth of information to alert you of potential or imminent severe weather and flooding?   Below is a list of severe weather products, as well the product descriptions and intended response.

Weather Briefing Pages 


Severe WeatherBriefing Page

Weather Ready Preparedness Page

Emergency Management & Spotter page

 Comprehensive product and services guide 

Severe Weather Warnings and Outlooks
Awareness & Action Level
Hazardous Weather Outlook Issued at least twice daily at 6 AM and 1 PM to alert you of potential weather hazards.   Stay tuned to later statements and be alert for the development of hazardous weather.
Severe Weather Watches Issued when conditions become favorable for the development of severe weather. Prepare and take necessary precautions in the event a warning is issued or severe weather is observed.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued when severe weather (3/4" hail or larger and/or winds in excess of 58 mph) is imminent. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Tornado Warning Issued when a tornado is imminent and has been spotted or indicated by doppler radar. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Severe Weather Statement Issued to update the status of severe weather warnings and give specific details on the location and severity of storms.
Local Storm Reports Issued to inform you of actual severe weather occurrences.
Description Awareness & Action Level
Flood Potential Outlook

Issued 36 to 72 hours before potential flood events.

Stay tuned to later statements and be alert for the development of flooding.
Flood Watch Issued when conditions become favorable for flooding.  Prepare and take necessary precautions in the event a warning is issued or flooding is observed
Flash Flood Warning Issued when rapid and life threatening water rises are imminent. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Flood Warning  Issued for main stem river flooding or over land flooding for an extended period of time.  Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Flash Flood & Flood Statements

Issued to update the status of warnings and watches, and give specific details on the locations and severity of flooding.  







Tuesday, NOVEMBER 1, 2016



For a complete listing of properties to be sold click here

Properties may be redeemed by the owner up to auction time.  Buyers can register now in the Treasurers office.

Please contact the Treasurer's office at 620-223-3800 x803 with questions.


Mobil App Available for Car Tags and Driver Licenses

The Kansas Department of Revenue has created a Mobil App to offer the following information to Kansas residents:

  •  Get in line remotely for the six largest driver licensing offices. (Not for Fort Scott office)
  •  Check the status of their driver’s license.
  •  Access their vehicle registration information and renew their tags online.
  •   Find the driver licensing or tag office closest to them and pull up directions, find hours, phone numbers, etc.

The KS Vehicles Connect app is available on iPhone, Android and Window phone systems for free. The app will also be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.   Check it out in your App Store.




Bourbon County Treasurer

Rhonda Dunn

210 S National Ave

Fort Scott, KS 66701


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Bourbon County Public Works Department

Jim Harris

Public Works Director

1427 215th St

Fort Scott, KS 66701



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Forms and General Information

Right of Way Use Agreement

Access Entrance Permit

Culvert Fee Schedule

Permit Fee Schedule

Permit for Dust Control

Oversize Overweight Vehicle Permit

Road Closure Consent Form

Road Closure Permit

Right of Way Use and Repair Policy

Access Entrance and Cluvert Details

County Road Details

Surface Restoration Details 1

Surface Restoration Details 2

Permit for Transmission Pipeline

Permit for Utility Line

Utility Installation Policy

Utility Resolutions






Projects for 2013



 Chip and Seal jobs.





Bourbon County Appraiser

Clint Anderson

210 S National Ave

Fort Scott, KS 66701


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Bourbon County GIS

Shane Walker

GIS Director

210 S National Ave

Office 12

Fort Scott, KS 66701

620-223-3800 x127

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bbgisOnline Map of Bourbon County Kansas

What is GIS?




 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a set of tools for the collection and maintenance of databases and their spatial position. These tools are capable of creating maps and figures to display a multitude of data and the geographic position of that data within a particular area. Point, line, and polygon features are represented with associated attributes as layers within GIS. These layers can then be visually manipulated to draw illustrative and statistical conclusions. GIS can create maps for landowners, geographically represent sales data, illustrate and manage parcel boundaries, and calculate statistics as it relates to the geographic scope of a project. But the true scope of GIS is only limited by the needs and purposes of the user or requestor.






GIS Department Responsibilities

The GIS Department is responsible for the daily operations of the County Geographic Information System (GIS) and providing technical assistance to the County, Cities, and Towns utilizing the system.


Bourbon County GIS geospatial data is considered a strategic asset for directly benefiting county office decision-making abilities, helping county and city government operate more efficiently, promoting economic development, and for delivering spatial data and services with greater speed and accuracy.



Bourbon County Information Technology Department

Shane Walker

Director of Information Technology

210 S National Ave

Office 12

Fort Scott, KS 66701

620-223-3800 X127

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The Bourbon County Information Technology Department provides services to County Departments to aid in the effective delivery of IT services that support the business needs of the county. County Information Technology is a vital part of the organization, providing faster and better ways for our employees to do their jobs and for our residents to access our services. We continue to keep our technology current and to work with members and management of all departments to provide the computing capabilities that are needed.

Our vision is to enable each County department to better serve the public through the best and highest use of appropriate technology, using creative, progressive, and economical IT solutions with uncompromising quality, reliability and efficiency.


To provide organizational and individual leadership in IT by researching, evaluating, planning, implementing, and supporting appropriate technologies, designed to assist our County departments in accomplishing their visions and missions, and to apply technology and best practices that make the delivery of government services affordable, efficient, accessible, and responsive to the citizens of Bourbon County.



  • Continue to develop and implement IT practices in the areas of information handling, requesting and processing standards.
  • Complete and implement approved IT components of The Bourbon County Continuity of Operations Plan.
  • Perpetually refine the data and telecommunications infrastructure and its related security, and assure appropriate network performance and capacity.
  • Continually evaluate and, as appropriate, upgrade technical resources to protect against hardware and software obsolescence and assure all systems are properly supported.











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Elected Officials

  • Elm Creek Lake Reservations 620-224-8722
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  • Landfill address:  2286 Noble Rd, Fort Scott 620-223-5773
  • Have you misplaced some money?  Find out at the Kansas Unclaimed Property website here!
  • Need help saving for college?  Check this out!

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