Marion Commission honors Case for years of city service

The Marion City Commission honored Alex Case Jr. for his years of public service to the community with a resolution of commendation at the regular commission meeting Monday. Members of the Case family attended the meeting to accept the recognition for Case.

Mayor Max Hayen read the resolution which said Case has been a life-long resident of Marion and his great grandfather, Alex E. Case, was one of the original settlers.

It said Case served faithfully on city boards and committees, the Marion Chamber of Commerce, and in many civic capacities, most recently as president of the Marion Historical Museum.

The commission also approved two financial agreements, each for $217,000, that enabled the city to act as go-between for construction of a 12,500-square-foot building for Seacat Hardware in the light industrial park.

One agreement was between the city and Central National Bank, and the other was between the city and Seacat Hardware. Commissioner Larry Reiswig abstained because he is an officer of CNB.

Commissioner Jim Crofoot noted a precedent for the city acting as financial guarantor in earlier arrangements for implement dealers.

Susan Cooper, city development director, said the business will be located on six lots that have already been purchased by Seacat. She said construction is to begin within the next week with an opening anticipated in October.

Cooper and Dennis Nichols, city administrator, said the Seacat commitment plus planned construction of a new turn lane from U.S. Highway 56 to increase traffic flow is generating more interest in the industrial park. They said three inquiries had been received in the last two weeks.

Cooper said city representatives met Kansas Department of Transportation representatives to discuss guidelines for the required concrete pavement turn lane and passing lane. She said the city’s consulting engineer has been instructed to design the project so it can be bid with two alternatives.

The first alternative, which would cost $100,000 to $150,000, would include only the entrance, turn lane and passing lane for the light industrial park. The second alternative would be a full intersection to serve both the light industrial park and the Batt Industrial Park on the south side of the highway.

Marty Fredrickson, street superintendent, said his crew continues to work on water leaks and snow removal. He said the public needs to know that an ordinance requires vehicles to be removed from street parking to allow snow clean-up.

Bill Holderman spoke before the commission to say he would like to see them disregard a letter from Waste Connections, Inc., which withdrew an agreement for 60 days with the city on hosting a regional landfill. He said the city should vote to accept the agreement anyway.

Holderman said a coalition of farm families had been allowed to pressure the commission to not vote for the agreement. He suggested a coalition of city residents should return the pressure on farmers not to use as much “anhydrous.”

Holderman told Reiswig he would like to see him resign his seat on the commission for waivering on the vote.

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