County commissioners set aside ‘default’ letter

David Brazil, county sanitarian, delivered a letter with invoices from KC Development to the Marion County Commission Monday.

In it, Rex Savage, president of KC, operators of the solid waste transfer station in Marion, said the commission was “in default” pursuant to its Nov. 1, 1999 agreement with KC to act as the payment agency for all solid waste delivered for disposal in the county.

In the letter, Savage outlined a count according to county appraisal figures billing households $6.25 a month and businesses $10 a month, and crediting the county for fees already paid by cities and waste haulers.

Savage noted balances still owing of $4,858.46 for October, $11,679.05 for November and $11,502.70 for December. He added that the net due for January on the 31st will be $20,872 for that month.

The commissioners had no comment other than to hand over Savage’s letter for examination as a matter of public record.

They also had no comment or action following a 10-minue executive session with Jim Kaup, their attorney for solid waste matters.

In other matters, Carol Maggard, county clerk, told commissioners the county is not obligated, but is authorized, according to opinion from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, to conduct a non-binding advisory election for the city of Marion on whether to seek locating a regional landfill in the Martin-Marietta Quarry north of the city with the city paying the bill.

The commissioners again extended the county-wide burn ban because of the dry conditions from Jan. 30 to Feb. 11 pending a lifting of the ban by the county emergency director if sufficient precipitation falls.

Noreen Weems, director of the Department for the Elderly, said the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging would like 100 older adults from Marion County to attend gatherings with legislators at Older Kansans Day in Topeka Feb. 13 to make views known on budget cuts that affect the elderly.

Weems said county health care providers are concerned over proposed long-term care cuts such as reducing RN nursing hours to assist persons with medications, and train family and volunteers to do the work.

Virginia Downing of Marion and Liz Ryding of Hillsboro have completed training to assist with income tax, homestead and food sales tax concerns at senior centers in the county, she said.

Edwin Winter is the new chairman for the Senior Citizens of Marion County, Inc.

Jan. 22 meeting

Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, instead of Monday because of the Martin Luther King holiday, the commissioners received notice from the Kansas State Historical Society that the Marion County Lake will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and Register of Historic Kansas Places.

The Schaeffler House in Hillsboro will be reviewed Feb. 23 for the same nomination, the Society said.

The commissioners reviewed paying quarterly installments for a total of $32,400 to the North Central Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Facility for 231 days service with any over that billed at $140 a day.

Commissioners approved paying $100 for membership in the Marion Lake Association to promote tourism and activities at Marion Reservoir.

Commissioner Bob Hein moved to reappoint Kevin Fruechting to a four-year term on the Eightth District Judicial Nominating Commission, and the commission approved 3-0.

Commissioner Leroy Wetta moved to appoint Mary Avery of Peabody to a District 3 position on the planning and zoning board, and the Commission approved 3-0.

Jan Moffitt, county health administrator, presented computer and printing bids for her department, and the commissioners approved purchasing two computers at $1,113 each and two printers for $197 each from Great Plains Computers and Networking.

Moffitt said the state of Kansas furnished another computer for office staff plus an additional one for the Early Steps program.

The commissioners also met in this earlier meeting in executive session with Kaup for 15 minutes.

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