Written by Cynthia Goerzen Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:44During its Dec. 18 meeting, the Goessel City Council discussed the speed limit at the east end of town, particularly as K-215 becomes Main Street.
The state of Kansas maintains the section of the street between Kansas Highway 15 and Main Street. Therefore, the state sets the speed limit for that portion of the street, which is 40 mph. As K-215 becomes Main Street, however, the speed limit is decreased to 30 mph. Drivers are reminded to decrease their speed accordingly.
The suggestion was...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:44The Marion County Commission’s Monday meeting turned into a “someday over the rainbow” session for proposals people would like to see happen that the county doesn’t have funding to support.
For instance, Cecil Aska overseeing needs for the Kansas Eighth Judicial District, which includes Marion County, said there is a need for more secured access to the courthouse not only for the judicial offices but for places like the clerk’s office, treasurer’s office and the appraiser’s office—places where irate citizens can become threatening to county personnel.
Suggestions for such a safety measure varied all the way from a sheriff’s deputy on hand in the courthouse halls to an airport security-type booth for courthouse...
Written by Patty Decker Monday, 31 December 2012 12:01Hoping for a favorable response by residents and business owners, the Marion City Council, at its Dec. 26 meeting, dropped the charge for burying overhead electrical lines by $300.
City Administrator Doug Kjellin said the reducing the current cost of $750 to $450 would be voluntary for landowners.
“We want to encourage a more reliable electrical service by not having overhead lines,” Kjellin said of the rationale.
The reduced cost covers the city’s expenses, but also aids the city crews.
Kjellin said a cost study determined that $450 covers the first 150 feet and anything over that costs $3 per foot.
By keeping costs low, it is hoped the city can encourage landowners to bury these lines, which should reduce expense to service...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Monday, 31 December 2012 11:53
The ReUse It Center, 1060 W. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, recently received a $1,000 grant to improve its facilities from the Everence Sharing Fund through the Central Kansas Everence Chapter.
The ReUse It Center is a nonprofit organization that collects new and used building materials, appliances and other goods and sells them to the community, serving those in need and saving the earth’s resources.
Everence Financial, headquartered in Goshen, Ind., with offices in Hesston, Hillsboro, Hutchinson and North Newton, annually contributes nearly $1 million to individuals and community organizations through its mutual aid Sharing Fund grant program.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Monday, 24 December 2012 15:09The year 2012 brought the completion of the new Marion County Jail after a long process of debate, planning and execution. Commissioners were pleased with the way the project turned out, but looked warily to the future in the light of potential reductions in tax revenue because of state policy initiatives.
Meanwhile, communities across the county experienced a variety of challenges and achievements over the past 12 months.
State Rep. Bob Brookens defended county treasurer Jeanine Bateman against accusations in Topeka that county treasurers receive compensations from the state in addition to their county salary. Brookens called the accusation a political ploy by a few legislators looking to cut another state expense.
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