Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:27
Residents and towns across Marion County dug themselves out of the first snowstorm of the season last week.
Snow began falling Wednesday and picked up intensity through the night and into the early morning hours. Estimates ranged from 8 to 12 inches.
It was the largest snowfall since mid-February 2011, when around 20 inches blanketed the area.
County school districts canceled classes Thursday, and many community activities were canceled or postponed.
Some melting occurred under sunny skies over the weekend—just in time for predictions of a second significant snowstorm for this week. Snow did begin falling late Monday morning; forecasters were predicting up to 12 more inches, but with winds up to 50 to 60 mph.
Last week’s storm hit its stride around 4 a.m. The later than usual arrival prompted more citizen complaints than usual about snow removal, according to City Administrator Larry Paine.
“Quite often we have a storm that starts a lot more toward midnight, and by 4 o’clock in the morning the majority of everything has fallen,” he said. “Then, we get the guys out and they’re able to get a good portion of the critical streets addressed before sunrise, when people start driving around.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:34
Marion County Commissioner Roger Fleming challenged the Hillsboro City Council during its Feb. 19 meeting to consider an idea for implementing single-stream recycling.
Fleming, a Hillsboro resident, shared the idea during the public-comment portion of the council meeting.
“I want to commend the city of Hillsboro for taking the initiative years ago to start recycling,” he said at the start. “I felt like (the city has) been a leader in recycling. However, we haven’t been a leader in taking it to the next level of single stream.”
Currently, local residents must sort their acceptable materials, then drop them off at a volunteer-run recycling center that is open two half-days a week.
Fleming said a curbside, single-stream approach would make it easier for residents to participate by not requiring them to sort and deliver their recyclables.
Instead, city trash trucks, which currently run weekly routes, could designate one or even two weeks per month to pick up recyclables instead of trash, then haul those materials to the county transfer station in Marion. There, inappropriate materials would be removed and the rest hauled to an area recycling company, which would pay the county to receive them.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:33
With his second month in the position nearly completed, Shane Marler has been hard at work as the new city administrator and clerk for Peabody.
The Peabody City Council appointed Marler to the job after Mac Manning Jr. retired from the position at the end of December.
Marler’s first day was Jan. 2. Since then, he’s worked on long- and short-term goals, pulling from his experience, but also asking a lot of questions.
“Addressing our infrastructure is key,” Marler said about the city’s primary long-term goal. “We need to minimize unnecessary costs so we can maximize our dollars and reinvest in ourselves to increase our longevity (as a community).”
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:21
Hillsboro Community Foundation presented grant checks totaling a record $16,300 Feb. 12 to 11 area public-service organizations and causes.
The presentation occurred during halftime of the Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball game against Halstead.
This was the first year grants were awarded through the Kansas Health Foundation Fund, which was established about three years ago and has grown through annual contributions to the required $150,000.
The other nine grants came through the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:38
Montana Percell and Jacob Harper, Marion High School’s winter homecoming queen and king, exit the gym floor in good cheer following the crowning ceremony prior to the boys’ basketball game Friday.
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