COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County Commission purchased several items at the final auction for Treece, Kan. Saturday, Commissioner Pat Collins reported at Monday's meeting.

Collins purchased several lift pumps, a control board and other items for about $400, worth about $4,000 to $5,000. Additionally, the county picked up a 30 kilowatt diesel generator for $5,900 worth approximately $9,400. The items will be used to maintain the Riverton sewer system. Because Riverton is unincorporated, the county is responsible for the maintenance on the sewer system.

The county also received the preliminary budget numbers for the 2012 budget. According to the numbers property tax valuation in the county is up about $90,000 while sales tax revenue declined by about 2.7 percent in the first half of 2011.

Another meeting with county auditor Gene Mense is set for Sept. 19.

Mense did say the county is expected to remain "in the black" through the end of the year.

In other business the county:

Lifted the nearly month-old burn ban.

Approved a lease-purchase agreement with Exchange State Bank for the new elevator in the Cherokee County Courthouse, and:

Approved allowing Baxter Springs Fire Fighter Brad Knight to add an emergency light bar to his personal vehicle.