ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
Marion residents along Kellison Street between Cedar and Freeborn received their wishes Monday when the city commission passing an ordinance assessing them $27.26 per foot for half the costs of curbing, guttering and paving along their property frontage.
The residents had petitioned for the improvement. The city will pay for the improvements along city-owned property.
City residents will have a chance to say whether they want Galaxy Cablevision to be allowed an option to renew service for 20 years at a public meeting prior to the regular commission meeting at 4 p.m., Dec. 22.
Galaxy requested the renewal on their franchise which began May 5, 1986, and will expire May 5, 2006.
The commissioners passed a resolution requested by City Administrator David Mayfield that adopted and provided for standards for procurement in regard to a Rural Development loan/grant to upgrade the city water plant according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment requirements.
They also approved Mayfield signing the many certifications necessary under the same loan and grant process for things such as a statement that the City of Marion is a drug-free workplace.
The commissioners approved giving Patricia D. Socolofsky the right to farm city-owned land now used as a pole dump in the 300 and 400 blocks west on Washington in return for use of land she owns as a rock dump north of the old railroad right-of-way.
Mayor Eloise Mueller commended Margo Yates, recreation commission director, who was not at the meeting, for the job she has done in helping sign up 29 teams for the basketball season.
Mayfield said the recreation league will have 112 basketball games in a 10-week season that will conclude with two tournaments in February.
Mayfield said Yates estimates there will be 290 players from several communities with six to 12 players per team.
Harvey Sanders, public works director, said that in snowstorms this year, the city crew will street-clean rapidly the first time to allow emergency-vehicle passage, and then come back later to widen the cleared route. He warned that residents who are too quick to clear driveways could get them filled back in when the crew comes by a second time.
Sanders urged residents who park vehicles on the streets to be quicker to remove them during snow for street cleaning without police needing to come by to warn them.
Police Chief Michel Soyez said graphics for a new logo for Marion’s website should be completed this week.
Librarian Janet Marler reported 144 new books added in November, four new DVDs and 45 new videos. There were 20 inter-library loans received for patrons and five sent, she said.
Marler said library circulation was at 3,018 for November with $70.70 in fines collected.
Commissioners approved the November utility tie-out given by Becky Makovec, clerk.
They approved paying warrants for $226,635.42, which included $25,704 to APAC-Kansas for blacktopping Kellison and Country Club, $61,295.96 to Westar Energy for electricity and $107,048 to the state treasurer for street bond payment.