Marion city to seek Rural Development grant for upgrades

The Marion City Commission Monday took steps to seek a Rural Development loan and grant for upgrading the city water plant. City Aministrator David Mayfield said a 45 percent matching grant looks likely.

City officials have been seeking financing for the project for months to meet new Kansas Department of Health and Environment regulations.

Mayfield said he and City Clerk Linda Holub learned this information in a meeting last Thursday with Dale Yager, representing Rural Development from Iola.

Upon Mayfield’s request, the commissioners approved a hearing for the Rural Development loan application at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, before their regular meeting.

They also reaffirmed the engineering company of Bucher, Ratliff and Willis in order to complete the engineering report for the loan/ grant.

Mayfield said after public notice and hearing, the engineering report will be submitted. He said Yager told him Rural Development’s attorneys will review it as part of a process that will take about 90 days.

Mayfield said the city should expect notification in April.

The City of Marion will again allow a $10 credit on January electric bills for customers who display Christmas lights. Mayfield said residents must come to the city office personally to sign up for the credit.

City offices and departments except for police will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving. Mayfield said there will be no trash pick-up those days.

Harvey Sanders, public works director, reported that paving projects, with an added touch of colored rock where approaches enter gravel, are complete on Kellison and Country Club Heights.

He and Mayfield said paving at Marion Airport may be delayed until spring, or split into projects with some completed this year, and some delayed for more bids.

At the Nov. 10 Commission meeting, Mayfield reported he is in contact with a company that warehouses products for distribution in central and western Kansas that might be interested in moving to Marion.

Mayfield and Mayor Eloise Mueller met with a Kansas Department of Commerce representative for help in promoting the business and industrial parks on the KDOC Web site.

Mayfield said the city is in the process of gathering information to put on the Web site for contracting company Infinitec. When this is completed, the Web site should be up and running within 60 days.

The commissioners approved an auditor’s contract for $11,400 for 2003-2005.

They approved paying warrants for $89,905 which included $63,850 to Westar for electricity plus payments for the Kellison Street project, $3,814 to Vic Buckner Con- struction and $2,678 to Makovec Construction.

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