Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 10 July 2012 13:56Marion City Council members along with Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin, suggested at Monday’s county commission meeting a 60 percent county, 40 percent city split for rebuilding streets by the new county jail and courthouse.
But County Commissioner Randy Dallke, whose opinion was supported by commissioners Roger Fleming and Dan Holub, said he wanted to see actual divisions and splits rather than talking in terms of percentages.
Kjellin acknowledged the shared costs would easily...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 July 2012 13:45Margie Schwartz of Marion County Park and Lake, let young visitors Tyler Larson, 4, (middle) and his brother, Kristian, 8, of Wichita feed the fish in her Koi Pond Saturday during the annual Marion City Library’s Flower in the Flint Hills Garden Tour. More than 150 people attended the tour even though temperatures soared to 105 by mid-afternoon. This year’s event was expanded to include one garden in the city of Marion, two at the lake and two in and around the countryside of Florence. Organizers said they were pleased with the turnout.
Mindy Carpenter, left, of Marion County Park and Lake, whose garden was one of the tour locations, visits with Bruce Wells and his wife, Maxine, (middle) of Wichita during the annual Marion City...
Written by Patty Decker Monday, 02 July 2012 21:15Marion City Library’s Flower in the Flint Hills Garden Tour scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, is expanding its outing this year to include locations in Marion, Marion County Park and Lake and the countryside of Florence.
Janet Marler, library director and one of the tour coordinators, said garden lovers will not only be seeing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the county, but will also be part of the library’s special celebration.
“It’s a double anniversary,” she said. “The one-time Santa Fe Railroad Station is 100 years old and the library has occupied the renovated station for 10 years.”
The tour begins at the library with complimentary refreshments served, she said.
“Visitors can see the...
Written by Patty Decker Monday, 02 July 2012 21:10Street and alley repairs monopolized the June 25 Marion City Council meeting with members split on the best way to use taxpayer money to fix the problems.
At its June 11 meeting, the council directed City Administrator Doug Kjellin to get bids for two options on the alley project behind Central National Bank, between Second and Third streets.
Hett Construction, CNB’s contractor, was the only company to submit a bid on two options.
The first option, Kjellin said, included repairing the entire alley from the entrance of Second Street to the entrance of Third Street at a cost of $19,664.
In option two, the bid of $14,196 was for a partial alley replacement, restoring the eastern 164 feet of the alley, leaving out the western 50-foot...
Written by Jerry Engler Monday, 02 July 2012 21:09Rather than impose a ban on Fourth of July fireworks during the current hot and dry weather, Marion County commissioners asked during Friday’s payday meeting that local fire departments and the public use “common sense” in considering the variable moisture levels in each area for fire safety.
In a related decision, all three commissioners said they didn’t want to discourage young people from training with volunteer fire departments, but they couldn’t accept the liability of persons 14 and under helping to fight fires.
They voted 3-0 to have County Attorney Susan Robson write a cease and desist letter to fire departments in the county about allowing juveniles to participate in fighting fires.
Commissioners approved payday...
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