Public hearing generates no response

Mayor Eloise Mueller called the hearing for the city water plant improvements to order-and then closed it in short order with no questions prior to the Marion City Commission meeting Monday.

The commission provided a release from Marion Assited Living announcing that, with completion of bond sales, construction on its assisted living residence at 200 Eisenhower St. will begin Dec. 15 with opening scheduled for August.

Wilson Darnell Mann Architects from Wichita prepared construction documents and Pinnacle Construction Group Inc. is general contractor.

Marion Fire Chief Thad Meierhoff said his department will explore state grant funding for “dry hydrants” at Marion Reservoir, Marion County Lake, and creek locations, possibly including the creek at Central Park, where fire trucks may fill tanks from bodies of water in emergency situations.

Meierhoff said the Marion department is discussing the transition to the expected county-wide emergency communications system which will enable law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical personnel to communicate on the same UHF frequency with each other.

Meierhoff said Marion will be fortunate because the UHF radios it already has probably will only have to be reprogrammed.

He said Travis Schafers is taking a “Firefighter I” course offered at Florence.

The commissioners authorized keeping the tree dump open another month because the unusually warm weather has prolonged the season of yard mowing and leaf pick-up.

Harvey Sanders, public works director, said all the alleys in the city were graded last week which should help them.

Janet Marler, librarian, said 200 persons participated in holiday home tours last week, many of them from out of town.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the commission announced that a pavement contractor, APAC-Kansas, has submitted a bid of $91,009 on the airport improvment project, which is funded by a 90 percent state-issued grant with 10 percent city match up to $100,000.

City Administrator David Mayfield said the city crew will install new runway lights, taxiway lights and beacon at an estimated materials cost of $6,914. Additional striping and marking is expected to cost $1,500.

The commissioners approved a planning commission decision to allow a conditional-use permit to Loy and Alisa Blackketter of 600 N. Cedar for boarding home care for the aging.

The commissioners approved paying warrants for $15,386.14 and payroll for $22,478.25 Monday.

Last Tuesday they also approved paying warrants for $14,472.06.

They approved transfer of $53,421.25 from the utility fund to the general fund for operating expenses, transfer of $15,000 from the utility fund to the equipment reserve fund for future purchase and transfer from the utility fund of $85,780 to the bond and interest fund for a street bond payment of $107,048.

They approved the October investment and collateral report and the October financial statement which showed 52.3 percent of the budget used when 83.33 percent would be the normal allowed.

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