Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:36Developers present facts on lake cabins
Over the past several months, we have been speaking with the Marion County Commission in regard to the development of a Marion County Lake site for rental cabins. It is apparent there are some questions regarding our proposal and we would like to address them.
As graduates of Marion High School, we were like any other small-town adolescents. We grew up in this rural neighborhood with aspirations of bigger and better things. We set about fulfilling those aspirations by pursuing careers in the military.
For the past 10 years we have seen and done things that have made us truly appreciate what we may have previously taken for granted. The two most prominent are home and family.
Our proposal reflects...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 31 May 2011 17:07County, learn from Council Grove lease
Foresight is always better than hindsight. I ask the county commissioners to take the time to use some foresight and do some serious homework before they make radical changes to our only county lake.
Sometimes a good economic decision can be made by looking at someone else’s poor decisions.
For example, a 15-year lease for an about 11,000-square-foot residential lakeside building site at Council Grove Lake pays the leaser (city of Council Grove) an annual rent of between $500 and $600.
But these leases of bare, open land have recently been sold by individual lease holders for $60,000 to $100,000 on the open market, confirmed by Darlene Wilkerson, long time Realtor in Council Grove.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:54Make sure all citizens have lake access
I have always assumed the area at the Marion County Lake inside of Lakeshore Drive was held in trust for the enjoyment of all the citizens of Marion County—a green area kept in an undeveloped state to balance the surrounding development and to insure public access to the entire shoreline and all of the shelter houses and picnic areas.
Now it appears the county commissioners are considering a proposal that would breach this boundary with an encroachment across public access going right down to the lake shore.
This proposal calls for the county to lease up to three sites on which at least 12 cabins would be built by developers. All of this in the name of economic development, job creation...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:09Sharing staff will not help older persons
We read the county commissioners report about sharing staff (Mary 11 issue) and have some concerns. The Marion County Department on Aging secretary and transportation coordinator Lanell Hett will now split her time between the Department on Aging and a department to be named later.
We question how many other departments are involved in this program. When the Department on Aging is short-handed, who will be shared with them?
Taking a person who has 29 years of experience working with the older persons in Marion County and placing that person part-time somewhere else is questionable.
The Department on Aging coordinator circulates to all the senior centers countywide and attends a number of...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:45Huelskamp a ‘good horse’ for Forbes
Newly elected Congressman Tim Huelskamp came to Marion County last Friday afternoon for his first town hall meeting. I attended the meeting in the Marion County Courthouse out of curiosity to see what issue Mr. Huelskamp would emphasize in his presentation.
I followed his campaign leading up to primary election in August and heard tell that he was the beneficiary of a well-funded media blitz in the last weeks of the campaign that resulted in his victory over State Sen. Jim Barnett, the front runner until that point. The ads painted Dr. Barnett as an out-of-control tax and spend liberal because he voted for the 2010 state sales tax increase to fund education and keep the Kansas state budget...
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