Chairman Dan Holub said Monday at the Marion County Commission meeting that he feels like the county “dodged a bullet” with the next Canadian oil sands pipeline by Enbridge Corp. scheduled to go through Southeast Kansas instead of here as the TransCanada Keystone pipeline did.
Holub said the Keystone line still has to go through the U.S. Supreme Court. Counties opposing the line are not easily going to give up contesting the line’s 10-year property tax exemption granted by state governments including Kansas, he said.
Holub promised that he personally will always continue to be active in the Keystone tax contention.
Sheriff Rob Craft, in answer to an inquiry from commissioners on giving them reports on deer-vehicle collisions in the county, said it would probably be impractical because of the size of the task with two to three collisions reported daily, mostly for insurance purposes, during deer breeding season.
According to a report from Acting Emergency Management Director Linda Klenda, the proportion of emergency situations reported from cellular phones compared to land lines continues to rise with 76 percent from cell phones in November and an average 67 percent for the year.
The commissioners approved an agreement with Countryside Feeds as a division of Cooperative Grain at Hillsboro to rent space in a building for equipment and vehicles for $250 a month.
The commissioners also met in executive sessions for 10 minutes with Kraft for personnel, and for 15 minutes with Economic Director Teresa Huffman regarding personnel and trade secrets.