Commissioners hope to clarify 911 address issue

At their June 25 meeting, county commissioners will review a proposed resolution that will clarify the 911 addressing system currently used in the county.

Marion County Communication Director Shelly Abbott-Becker said the Hillsboro Free Press had called her in response to a reader’s question whether it was correct to have directional words like “east” or “west,” and/or the words “road” or “street” in a street address.

After conferring with County Appraiser Clint Anderson, she had told the paper that directional words and “street” or “road” are not correct additions to addresses.

The following week, a letter from a member of the naming committee wrote a letter to the paper saying minutes kept by the Marion County Rural Addressing Committee stated the use of such words would be accurate.

Abbott-Becker explained to the commissioners that after the naming committee made its recommendations, an advisory committee studied the names and made some follow-up suggestions.

Because of the length of some names, the committee recommended eliminating the use of directional words and road/street designation. Abbott-Becker said the commission voted at that time to discontinue the use of those words, but no record of that decision could be found in the minutes.

It was Abbott-Becker’s concern that the issue be resolved by the formation of a resolution so that the public will not be confused.

“It is confusing to see one answer published one week, and a different answer published the next week,” she said.

According to Abbott-Becker, the Southwestern Bell database, the County Appraiser office, 911 personal database and the post office all have eliminated the words in question.

When there is an extra road not on the half or one-mile section, Abbott-Becker did say it would be known as a “terrace.”

Commissioners agreed to draft a resolution and asked County Clerk Carol Maggard to have it ready for a vote at next Monday’s meeting.

Records project

Deric Wortham of the Genealogical Society of Utah updated the progress made in microfilming courthouse records.

Wortham said he and two other people had been working on the project for about one year.

Wortham said they had filmed records from the offices of Registrar of Deeds, the Clerk of the District Court and the County Clerk.

Records filmed include deed records, military records, vital statistics, cemetery records, probate court records and school census through 1917.

All records were filmed, but the records the courts had determined not to be a matter of public record were separated out.

“Those were records such as insanity cases and adoptions,” he said. “No one can open those records without the consent of a judge.”

The Genealogical Society’s goal is to have two copies of the appropriate records available for those doing historical research.

“One copy will be in Salt Lake,” Wortham said, “where so many people turn to for genealogical research, and another copy will be with the Kansas State Historical Society.”

Wortham said he used 190 rolls of film, which is about a third of the courthouse record.

He said the courthouse has been microfilming records since 1967.

Fireworks display

Dennis Nichols, Marion city administrator and member of the Marion County Economic Development Committee, and Jennie Maggard, a summer intern with Nichols, came before the commission to ask the commission for funds for a fireworks display at the Marion County Lake on Labor Day.

He said it is their hope such a display, along with other county activities, will draw tourists into Marion County communities and to the lake.

Last year, the firework display was cancelled due to a burn ban. This year all advertising will include a phone number to call to find out if the event has been cancelled.

Nichols requested $3,500 for fireworks which will last 20 to 25 minutes. If weather conditions prohibit the use of the fireworks, they can be returned with no loss of county money.

Maggard, in charge of advertising, presented a rough draft flyer that will be used, along with posters, radio announcements and newspaper advertising to promote the event.

The commission voted to give the requested funds to MCEDC.

In other business, the comissioners approved three resolutions from County Planning and Zoning Director David Brazil.

The first was a zoning change from agricultural use to rural residential for property belonging to Donna Walker.

The second was a conditional land use to Jason Wiebe for the production and sale of cheese.

The third was a conditional land use for a four-wheel mud run to be held at the highway materials site on U.S. Highway 77 and the road to Antelope.

Brazil said the same restrictions apply to Holub’s event as to a mud run held earlier in the northern part of the county.

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