Marion seeking water-plant funding

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
On Monday the Marion City Commission approved publishing a notice of public hearing for 4 p.m. April 7 concerning obtaining loan funds for upgrading the city water plant.

Susan Cooper, development director, said the city must seek funding through Kansas Department of Health and Environment loans since being turned down for community block development grant funds in December.

She explained that Marion didn’t get the grant, even though a city survey showed that 51 percent of residents were in the required low to moderate income levels, because the state keyed funds to cities that were out of compliance on water plant standards.

Cooper said Marion was in compliance, but would need the funding to remain in compliance as state regulations are upgraded.

Cooper said she was encouraged by a Marion County Commission planning meeting that County requirements for a minimum homestead size will be reduced from 40 acres to five acres, and that cities’ input will be respected in urban input zones.

Becky Makovec, utilities clerk, said a more rigorous city program of posting delinquency notices sooner at homes is resulting in more full and timely payment of utility bills.

Bud Hannaford, chairman of the Marion Cemetery Board, reported the Board had two major expenditures in 2002, $6,119 for a chain link fence on the north and east sides of the cemetery, and $8,441 for a new mower.

The next major expense, he said, will be for installation of permanent flag poles to display American flags that will be complete by Memorial Day.

Hannaford said the cemetery had 55 new grave openings in 2002 of which 3 were for cremations.

Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said the City collected 96.4 tons of solid waste for disposal at the Marion County Transfer Station for February.

Janet Marler, librarian, said William S. Worley will portray Fred Harvey, the railroad food service pioneer, in an “entertaining and informative program,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Marion City Auditorium.

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