Marion Co. reps impressed with Harvey Co. recycling

Commissioner Bob Hein and Health Sanitarian Director David Brazil described their tour of the new $1.3 million Harvey County recycling facility at the commission’s Monday meeting.

Hein said the new program had brought substantial savings to Harvey County. The county currently has a mandatory recycling program.

“It was very impressive,” Hein said. “There were containers for amber, clear and green glass, milk jugs and pop bottles. They came down the belt and workers put them where they needed to be.”

“The more I am involved with this, the more excited I get about possibilities,” Brazil said.

Commissioner Howard Collett said deadlines were looming in the future “and we should really be thinking about this.”

He then asked if Brazil to put a group together to tour the recycling facilities in Newton and McPherson. Commissioner Leroy Wetta said he would like to join the tour.

County Clerk Carol Maggard presented copies of a letter to Leonard Briston, water structure engineer for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, from professional engineer Mike Olsen, who responded to concerns expressed by Briston for a breach inundation study of Marion County Lake. The study would determine the estimated flood damage to the area behind the dam should the dam break.

Olsen informed Briston that Marion County Lake records are being scanned to see if “any breach inundation study has ever been completed.” Due to the high cost of such a study, Olsen said he felt the time doing the research would be “worth the effort.”

Olsen also offered recommendations and explanations for the current dam construction and asked to meet with Briston to discuss the matter in greater detail.

Maggard presented a second letter to the commission written by Olsen to Al Reiss of Reiss & Goodness Engineers.

In this letter, Olsen notified Reiss the asphalt overlay of Nighthawk Road would resume the last week of March, weather permitting. He asked that Reiss’s contractor for the water main project “repair any damages done to the roadway surface and shoulders prior to the surface being overlaid with the asphalt.”

Olsen said if the contractor was unable to complete the job, Marion County workers would repair the damages and send Reiss an invoice.

With the recent rains, Olsen noted the ditch repair work would not be possible until a later date.

Reiss came before the commission later in the meeting, and addressed the letter. He wanted to turn the repair work over to the county and then reimburse the expenses.

Gerald Kelsey, director of the Road and Bridge Department, told Reiss he didn’t have the materials right now, nor could he get them until the end of April.

Reiss agreed to do whatever he could within the given time frame.

The men agreed once the project repairs have been completed, Reiss, Kelsey and the commissioners will inspect the project.

“We want to go out and do this right,” Reiss said. “I have my orders from Topeka to get it done right.”

In his report to the commission, Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker said 71 horses were being boarded in an undisclosed location. The horses were part of the animal seizure that took place last week on farm west of Marion.

The cost for loading and moving the horses was about $1,200. Becker said the county will be responsible for food and medical bills for the horses until the matter can be settled. He estimated the horses would be boarded less than 60 days.

In another report, Becker said a possible anhydrous leak was reported last Saturday night. A father and son team had traveled about 200 miles to take the chemical for possible production of methamphetamines.

The father was arrested and the son fled on foot. After falling in a creek, the son was arrested and taken to St. Luke Hospital in Marion and treated for minor injuries sustained in the fall.

During the event, Florence Police Chief Howard Kahler inhaled the chemical and was taken to a Wichita hospital. Becker said Kahler was released and “doing fine.”

Commissioners acknowledged the many hours law enforcement officers worked last week.

“We have a very good staff and dedicated people working together,” Becker said.

Collett asked Becker to “please extend our thanks for all of their hard work.”

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