Bud Pierce selected for vacancy on Marion city commission

Bud Pierce was selected Monday as the new Marion City Commission member to succeed Larry Reiswig, who is moving to Salina.

Pierce, a former commissioner who served in the 1970s, was voted in by Mayor Eloise Mueller and Commissioner Jim Crofoot. He officially will be sworn in next Monday.

Jeff Cady also was in consideration for the post as finance commissioner, but chose to withdraw his name.

Utilities Superintendent Harvey Sanders said that next week he and Street Superintendent Marty Fredrickson will bring a proposal on how to respond to a noncompliance notice from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on unsatisfactorily-low chlorine levels in water lines on north Cedar Street in July and August.

City crew members have monitored the chlorine levels, and kept them up by flushing hydrants. Cooler weather is improving the situation, he said.

Sanders said it may be that the line, built before 1950 and possibly dating back to the 1920s, may need to be replaced.

Rural Water Association personnel have been consulted, and KDHE is kept posted on the situation.

Mueller said she will preside over an official public dedication of the flag mural painted on the west side of the Stone City Cafe at 4:30 p.m. next Monday. She would like to see many members of the public attend as an expression of American solidarity.

Cooper said Seacat Hardware is open at the industrial park, although the business is still unpacking and organizing. She was pleased with planning throughout the U.S. Highway 56 park turn lane project by Sanders, Fredrickson and City Administrator Dennis Nichols that contributed to having it done in time for the store’s opening.

Crofoot said Cooper also is to be commended for extra effort that even included being at Seacat’s in the evenings to help out.

Shoulder work and grass planting on the new business park street are expected to be done this week, Mueller said.

Cooper said she and Fredrickson are also talking to Robert Hartley about possible purchase of lots 28 and 29 in the back row at the park for possible use as a staging area for semi-trucks coming into Hartley’s truck wash which is being built.

The purchase from the city would be the result of a compromise from an earlier Hartley proposal to buy front lots which the city wants saved for retailers.

Sterilization of the water tower following painting is to take place this week, and Sanders said he is satisfied with the project.

A pre-bid conference for the library/depot project will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Mueller announced. Bids will be opened Oct. 25 in the city commission room.

Mueller read a proclamation from Gov. Bill Graves that enables the Kansas Knights of Columbus to begin a tootsie roll campaign to raise money for schools and agencies concerned with people with mental retardation.

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