Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 12 September 2007 09:28
Melissa Parmley received approval from the Marion City Council Monday for a Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Nov. 25 between First and Fifth streets on Main.
Along with it, she was reminded to call the Kansas Department of Transportation for approval to close Main as a state highway.
Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said the Santa House associated with the event couldn’t be set up in Liberty Park because a truck backed in on grass and sprinkler heads. Instead, celebrants at the parade will gather at the gazebo in Central Park.
Michelle Abbot-Becker thanked the council for responding in time with information for Unified School District 408 to receive approval for $330,000 in federal funding to build a school shelter for times of disaster that might occur.
She reminded the council that in an emergency situation, such as occured with the Greensburg tornado, local officials have responsibility for the first 72 hours before any state or federal aid is available.
She said they also have fiscal responsibility. For instance, if a local contracter is asked to help, the officials making the request must clarify if the contractor is working on a volunteer basis or on a paid basis.
In Kansas, Abbot-Becker said, by statute, the interlocal agreements with nearby local governments are the first level of help available for communities, then requests to the state, and finally requests to the federal level.
Abbot-Becker said that in Marion County, nearly 100 percent of emergency medical personnel have received disaster training, as well as most firemen. She said the weakness in training is with elected and administrative government officials.
The council noted that no other bids other than one from Hett Construction have come in for building sidewalks at Liberty Park.
Councilor Jerry Kline said he would like the brick walks there retained because “it sets off what we are doing.”
Sanders reminded the council that brick is easier for people to accidentally slide on in wet conditions than concrete.
The council members said other designs could be considered, too. For instance, Collett suggested concrete with a brick edging “might be nice.”
The council voted 3-1, Collett against, to approve the petition for street paving in the Country Club addition. Then they voted 4-0 to accept the $77,899 bid proposal from Schilling Co. to do the paving.
Mayfield said the project is a 51 percent partnership for the city with residents of Country Club Heights assessed for the remainder.