ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
The Marion County Commission Monday authorized County Clerk Carol Maggard to investigate direct deposit of pay checks for employees and accepted a bid for bridge construction in a generally slow-paced payday meeting.
The payday total figure was $593,721.15.
Maggard said the latest monthly sales tax receipt total was $33,468.50, which is $5,482 behind the annual total to date compared to last year.
She is to survey county employees to see if they favor direct deposit.
Commissioners want to know if direct deposit could be a convenience to workers such as road and bridge crew who may not find it easy to make it back to town from job sites to deposit money. They also want to know if it could save the county money in writing checks.
The commissioners approved construction of bridge No. 98 for $35,525 by Kraus Welding of Hillsboro 2.5 miles west of Pilsen on 280th.
Commission Chairman Bob Hein opened the meeting by expressing his appreciation for the support and condolences of county personnel upon the death of his wife.
Maggard said she would like to open bids for stone rennovation of the courthouse by the end of February, so the county is fortunate to be well along in its application for a Heritage Trust Fund grant from the Kansas State Historical Society because a change in state personnel may slow the process.
She reported many compliments to the county on both the remodeling of the Clerk’s Office and the repair of the courthouse tower clock.
Cardie Oil Co. of Tampa was awarded area fuel bids for a total of $6,382.28 for 6,550 gallons of diesel for the Road and Bridge Department.
Cardie also was awarded a $6,032 bid to provide Road and Bridge with 10 55-gallon drums and 30 30-gallon drums of 15W40 oil.