Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 14 May 2008 07:57Recycling appears to be on the way to becoming part of the Marion County solid waste plan, and it could cost each household close to $60 annually while also producing some savings.
The Marion County Commission Monday visited with John Stutzman and Hank Yoder of Stutzman Refuse Disposal about the forms recycling could take.
Stutzman will return to the commission soon with a proposal for handling recycling. But Commissioner Dan Holub was contending the county might want to handle recycling...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 14 May 2008 07:56The Marion City Council began its May 5 meeting with a 90-minute tour of the progress being made on the $12 million indoor swimming pool/gymnasium complex the city will share with the Marion school district.
Council members hailed the the large pool, gymnasium and entire complex as impressive.
City Administrator David Mayfield showed members the area for a proposed drainage pond in East Park across the street as well as a culvert to be cleaned out as part of the project. The pond would hold up to 5 feet of water during storms, then allow it to slowly seep away, he said.
Mayfield said trees in the park will be preserved during the project. Some limited parking spaces will be lost on the east side, but new parking at the pool will...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 07 May 2008 10:58Members of the Marion City Council used most of their Monday night meeting time to tour progress at the indoor swimming pool being built in a partnership between the city and the school district. In the left photo, council members Bill Holdeman (left) and Gene Winkler share perspectives near the deep end of the pool basin. Above: City Administrator David Mayfield shows the council where a drainage pond capable of holding water up to 5 feet deep in the park across from the new pool will be built. The water won’t stay because the pond will be designed to let it seep away. Pictured from left are Mayfield, Winkler, Holdeman, Mayor KMary Olson, Economic Development Director Jami Williams, Councilor Stacey Collett and, behind...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 07 May 2008 10:52The architect’s estimates presented Monday at the Marion County Commission meeting were $5,074,731 to remodel the current county jail into an 11-bed facility acceptable to future state demands, or $7,508,285 to build a 75- to 78-bed new jail.
Commissioner Dan Holub noted the cost of land is not included in either estimate from Tony Rangel of Law/Kingdon Inc., Wichita.
In the case of the old jail, there would be no land cost, he said, because it would remain on the courthouse campus. Location for a new jail may be free or at reduced price from the City of Marion, he said.
Sheriff Lee Becker said if the public is to understand the advantage of a new jail, the commission will have to make immediate educational efforts or a bond...
Written by Austin Unruh Wednesday, 07 May 2008 10:47
On Monday, April 7, the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H club met for their monthly meeting.
This meeting was the model meeting, when representatives from another club came to judge us on how we ran our meeting.
4-Hers were asked to name their favorite beverage for roll call. Talks were given by Grady Stultz, Laird Goertzen, and Anthony Esau. Grady talked to us about marketing goats, Laird gave us an interesting history of woodworking, and Anthony creatively rounded the talks off with talking to us about colors with a talk called RGB OMG!
—Austin Unruh, reporter
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