Water plant block grant falls through at Marion

The City of Marion failed in its attempt to obtain a community development block grant to upgrade its water plant, City Administrator David Mayfield said Monday at the Marion City Commission meeting.

But Mayfield said a group of Marion officials who traveled to Topeka last Tuesday, and checked on the grant, were encouraged by a representative from the Rural Development Association to apply for a 45 percent grant/loan from RDA. The commissioners have said in earlier meetings they need a grant to have the financial ability to meet rising standards required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Commissioner Jim Crofoot said he was encouraged by the meeting with the RDA official to think this “could be a done deal.”

Mayfield said he would be in the process of making the application by Tuesday morning.

Braden Suffield made a bid to the city of $1,050 the first year, and $90 a year thereafter plus $10 a month maintenance fee to set up, and run a web site for the city.

Crofoot said he thought the commissioners should take a look at other websites that Suffield has set up including Marion Manufacturing, Marion County Farm Bureau and APCO, an association for law enforcement dispatchers.

Suffield replied to a question from City Attorney Dan Baldwin that he would be able to train city personnel to make additions to the site themselves if the city bought the appropriate software.

Mayfield said the city would need to wait to make any decision until it also has heard from Laura Blossom, a representative of Infinitec Inc., who will bid on the web site next week.

The commissioners approved an ordinance for issuance of industrial revenue bonds for the new assisted living facility to be located north of the school bus barn. They also approved the signing of five documents associated with the bonds to move forward with the facility.

The commissioners approved a hotel stay and attendance for City Clerk Linda Holub Nov. 3-7 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel for her second year at a four-year city clerks certification institute conference.

Police Chief Michel Soyez introduced a new officer, Chad Johanning, who has three years experience, and will be joining the police force actively after more training.

Marty Fredrickson, street superintendent, reported that curb and guttering construction on Country Club and Kellison Streets will be complete this week with paving on the streets to begin immediately.

Fredrickson reminded that this is clean-up week in Marion with the city crew prepared to haul off larger items that the public places at curbside.

Baldwin gave the commissioners paperwork on a buried electrical line easement correction on property owned by Brad and Anita Seacat in the Phillips Addition. He said the Seacats had bought an additional 25 feet of frontage along the old borders of the property which the city had located the line on when the previous description called for locating it on the original property.

With the easement description change, the line is OK, he said.

The commissioners released their former easement claim.

The commissioners approved the quarterly financial statement, the September investment and collateral report, and the September financial statement.

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