Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:13Another 10 prisoners, especially female prisoners, from other counties could be added to the current average Marion County Jail population of 10 to 12 local prisoners, Sheriff Rob Craft told the Marion County Commission Feb. 19.
In response to questioning led by Commission Chairman Randy Dallke as to whether it might be time to supplement the jail budget, Craft said, “It might help pay some bills. There are more beds available for the female side of the jail because the male side is more...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:12The snowstorm forecast for this week was a waiting game for city and county road crews trying to keep streets cleared and, while the additional moisture was needed and a welcome sight.
It was also a mixed blessing.
Marty Fredrickson, streets director for the city of Marion, said the town has been fortunate the last few years in dodging some major storms, but this one ranks with one a few years ago.
“I know we have all been praying for moisture and now we are getting it, just not in the form I wanted it,” Fredrickson said.
The “waiting game” plan, he said, started Sunday with a few city employees preparing the equipment for the next round of snow, which was less than a week after the first snowstorm dumped 12 inches in the...
Written by Cynthia Goerzen Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:41John Fast, Goessel superintendent and elementary school principal, told the USD 411 school board at the Feb. 11 meeting about community information gatherings in the coming weeks regarding a school remodeling project.
He said an open house is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the high school. A PowerPoint presentation will show the current agricultural education facility and where the proposed new facility will be located. Other proposed improvements will be explained as well.
Fast said information was available at the grade school musical performances Feb. 14.
Information will also be available at the grade school reading night March 12.
Another open house is planned for 6:30 p.m. March 28 at the high school.
Board member Kelly...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 12 February 2013 12:09The Marion County Commission Monday voiced support for Commissioner Dan Holub protesting Senate Bill 109, which commissioners contend would effectively stop counties, municipalities, school districts and other such public entities from lobbying the Legislature to make their opinions known.
Holub said the bill would negate the purpose for the existence of such organizations as the Kansas Association of Counties.
The bill would help shield legislators from criticism by counties when authorizing such things as the Keystone Pipeline, which was exempted from 10 years of paying local property taxes, Holub said.
“There is a danger in actually having people in Topeka who think like this,” Holub said.
On another subject, the...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:03The Marion County Commission Monday approved bids of $1,860 for zoning department remodeling and $4,485 for health department remodeling, both in the same leased building in downtown Marion, but not before the commissioners agreed that at some point upgrades will need to stop in favor of building another facility on courthouse grounds.
Commission Chairman Randy Dallke suggested that it may be even better use of resources to locate a temporary building on the new jail grounds east of the courthouse.
Planning, Zoning and Environmental Health Director Tonya Richards said her part of the upgrade by Gillett Construction of Marion will be used to insulate, Sheetrock and install an emergency door.
Health Department Administrator Diedre...
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