Commissioners chose company to update conprehensive plan

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JULIE ANDERSON
The Marion County Commissioners selected a company to update the

county?s comprehensive plan.



The Planning/Zoning Commission recommended Bucher, Willis and Ralliff

to do the work.



?I did call some counties on recommendations,? said commission chair

Linda Peterson said.



She said the people she talked to also were in favor of Bucher, Willis

and Ralliff.



The commissioners accepted the company on the basis of establishing a

timeline for the work to be done and negotiating the cost.



The cost will be paid for out of regular sales tax.



David Brazil, county health officer, is going to contact the company

this week to get the process started.



In other business:



— The commissioners approved signing the notice of award for the road

project to be started Sept. 4.



It will be brought back to the county for a final signature on June 1.

The final cost was $1,023,043, a reduction of $263,031.



— The commission set next Monday at 11:40 a.m. as a time for public

input on the five-year bridge plan the county has with the Kansas

Department of Transportation.



— Clint Anderson, county appraiser, asked the commission for a new

copier. He is looking at the cost of leasing a copier versus

purchasing one. When Anderson has gathered more information, he will

bring it back to the commission for a decision.



— The commissioners approved replacing three radios in the Emergency

Medical Service units. It was discovered they could not be

reprogrammed at a radio conference held Thursday. Three radios already

were replaced.



According to a state statute, it is unlawful not to be in direct

contact with dispatch. Because the vehicles were parked there, they

could not be put back in service until the radios are repaired. The

cost will be around $4,000 once everything is purchased and installed.



— Commissioners approved a bid from Sunflower Office Products in

Hillsboro for a copier for the Noxious Weed Department for $725. It

was the low bid and also include a three-year service plan.



— The commission approved increasing Bill Smithhart from $6.50 to

$7.50 an hour since a part-time person has not been found. It will be

decided later how many hours he will work.



Gerald Kelsey of the Road and Bridge Department, will ask for sealed

bids on the John Deere tractor the county is selling. It was decided

it would not be worth it to take it t

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