County commissioners back off from speed limit request

Marion County commissioners heard a request from Andy Maki Monday. He

was asking for a speed limit of 25 miles per hour by his home on the

outlying edge of Marion Reservoir.

Maki said he was concerned because he feels 55 miles per hour is not a

safe speed because of the children who play in the area. His place

also is located 200 feet from Broken Bridge. His dog was recently

killed at the bridge.

?It?s not just my dog,? Maki said. ?Some kids are going to get


He said he would like to settle the issue in an amiable way but will

begin a letter writing campaign if necessary.

?I wish you could get something done and done soon,? Maki said.

The commission thanked Maki for coming in. They considered the request

but did not feel a speed limit sign would be effective.

?If you put a speed limit sign up there you need to enforce it,? said

Gerald Kelsey, director of the county road and bridge department.

?We can go to the expense of putting up speed limit signs, but I don?t

feel we can enforce it,? said Linda Peterson, commission chair.

The commissioners decided to look into changing the dead-end sign

located on the road to say how many feet until the dead end.

?It?s a tough call,? Peterson said.

In other business:

— Commissioners approved a request from Michele Abbott-Becker,

emergency preparedness director, and David Brazil, county health

officer, to purchase the 1997 Lumina the sheriff?s department is going

to be trading in.

The two departments will share the vehicle. Currently, Abbott-Becker

and Brazil use their personal vehicles when they go somewhere on

county business.

The car will be housed at the health department and be used for

zoning, sanitation and emergency calls.

The departments will be responsible for maintaining and insuring the


— Commissioners approved an addendum on the personal rules that

allows employees to use sick leave days for immediate family as well

as themselves.

— The commission was presented with server bids from Lloyd Davies

regarding the courthouse and appraiser?s servers. Davies will have

the rest of the bids ready for the commissioners at their next

meeting. They also were presented with figures on a firewall and

antivirus program.

— The commission was given a report by Bill Bolin, executive director

of South Central Kansas Economic Development.

This year, SCKEDD brought $520,786 into the county. Commissioners also

were told they need to fill a vacancy for an alternative for the board

of directors. Each commissioner will suggest one candidate at the next


— The commission approved updating the job description for the

courthouse custodian. The custodian will now report to the county

clerk instead of the commission.

— Commissioners accepted a transport bit from Cardie Oil in the

amount of $8,958.85. They also accepted a bid from Krouse Welding for

work on bridge #109, located north of Marion in the amount of $37,650

to be paid

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