County commission extends county burn ban to Dec. 26

The Marion County Commission Monday voted to continue the burning ban for another week effective until Dec. 26 because of the dry weather.

Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke asked the commissioners, tongue in cheek, if perhaps she needed to hire a town snoop to find the information requested in a letter from the county’s Emergency Communications Office attempting to improve 911 service.

The letter requested the city to keep the office informed of marriages, births, deaths and who lived at each residence. Dalke said all the city really could do is keep track of who was registered for utility services, and she wondered what the commissioners expected.

Commissioners Bob Hein and Howard Collett promised they would try to discover what is needed. Commission Chairman Leroy Wetta was gone because of a death in his family.

Rocky Hett asked the commissioners if a company has been hired to begin the cleanup at the former county landfill southwest of Marion as mandated in a judgment for the Kansas Deptartment of Health and Environment against the county.

The commissioners replied that the consulting engineers they regularly rely on for projects such as county road and bridge construction, Kirk and Michael from Ellsworth, already have begun work.

Hein, reached later Monday evening, explained that the county expects to have Kirk and Michael do engineering for the project, and work with the county’s own employees and heavy equipment to save money on the project.

David Brazil, county zoning director, reported the Planning Commission has approved a resolution adopting the county’s comprehensive plan, but the County Commission tabled any discussion until Wetta returns next week.

The commissioners approved a request from Faye Makovec, register of deeds, to encumber $3,000 in funds to purchase new microfilm file cabinets. Makovec said she needed to expand space, and replace files with old metal rollers on metal slides that are contaminating microfilm with filings.

The commissioners approved a low bid from Markley Service in Marion to provide 50 gallons of pathway herbicide at $23.80 per gallon for a total $1,190. Bill Smithhart, noxious weed director, said he was obtaining the chemical for use by the road and bridge department.

Dale Snelling, park superintendent, said he has received one bid of $6,792.60 for engineering of the flood breech analysis at Marion County Lake. Commissioners said they would look at that at their Dec. 26 meeting.

Gerald Kelsey, road and bridge director, reported that demonstrations for the county of greater EPA efficiency-designed road graders may show how the county can use lower-horsepower machines to accomplish the same amount of work in the future.

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