Appraiser Clint Anderson’s contract not renewed

After an executive session, Marion County Commissioners voted Friday not to renew the contract of County Appraiser Clint Anderson for next year.

Anderson’s contract with Marion County will expire June 30. Commissioners reported his contract with Morris County also will not be renewed.

County Clerk Carol Maggard was authorized to run an ad for the position, with a deadline of May 15.

After discussing the short time frame for filling the position, Chairman Leroy Wetta said he would like to start interviews as soon as applicants respond, while continuing to run an ad in the paper until the position is filled.

County Attorney Susan Robson asked permission from the commission to establish a procedure that would allow her to petition the district court for permanent custody of the livestock taken from the Lindgren family March 12.

She told the commissioners that a letter had been sent per the instruction of the Kansas statute to the Lindgrens informing them the county had taken the animals for 20 days.

After the 20-day time period, a petition can be made for the county to have custody of the seized animals.

Commissioners approved the action. A hearing date was set for April 23.

The Lindgrens’ attorney, John Johnson, was present during Robson’s request.

Robson also reported having received a bill from the veterinarian for about $581 for medical care of the horses.

In other business:

— Maggard reported her findings regarding options for maintaining pay phones at the county courthouse and the Marion County Lake.

She reported it would cost the county significantly more to provide the needed equipment, special line and software to switch long-distance providers than the proposed $50-charge per unit per month by Southwestern Bell.

Maggard said while doing her research she was told fees can vary because of deregulation, but the lesser fees will eventually match the higher fees.

She also reported courthouse employees said the pay phone located by the door was often used by people involved with district court, and the employees preferred that the phone stay in place to avoid unnecessary interruptions and potential problems with long-distance calls.

Commissioners agreed the service was needed and authorized Maggard to contact SWB and to continue services for another 12-month time period.

— Sales tax for January was $29,597.90, down from $30,628.04 at the same time last year.

— At a previous commission meeting, David Brazil of the Planning and Zoning Board, reported the board scheduled a work session April 10 to work on the Land Use Plan draft.

The county commissioners/city mayors’ meeting was originally scheduled for the same time, but Commissioner Bob Hein reported the mayors’ meeting was rescheduled for 7:30 p.m., April 17, at the Hillsboro City Building.

“Several mayors were interested in attending the work session, so we’ve moved our meeting up,” Hein said.

— Maggard asked the commission to consider hiring a part-time employee to work on grounds during the summer months.

Commissioners asked about the use of prisoners or community service personnel for the project.

Maggard said supervision would be needed and only certain types of yard equipment could be used by prisoners.

“They can use rakes and things like that, but nothing electrical,” Maggard said.

After a short discussion, the commission agreed to hire part-time help after filling the full-time opening left by the resignation of custodian Andre Ebaben Jr.

— County nurse Jan Moffitt surprised the commission by returning the $750 check issued to her for tuition to attend classes that would allow her to receive her Kansas public health certificate.

She received a scholarship from the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, which allowed her to return the county check.

Moffitt also wanted to invite commissioners to visit the health department April 2-6 to see the special activities planned for “Health Week.”

“We just want more people to come in and become aware of the services we offer,” she said.

— Gerald Kelsey, road and bridge superintendent and Jim Herzet, road foreman, brought area fuel bids to the commission. The low bid came from Cooperative Grain & Supply, Hillsboro, for $5,493.45.

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