Marion leaders celebrate FFA Week

The Marion City Commission opened its weekly meeting Monday with Marion High School FFA members on hand to read a proclamation of National FFA week.

Becky Tharp, accompanied by fellow FFA members Molly Holub and Sarah Regier, read the proclamation to the commissioners.

After weeks of trouble for city offices in receiving clear Internet service, Phil Brockmeier, representative of Internet provider Tri-County Telephone, to thank commissioners for their patience, and say that equipment refurbishment and frequency changes apparently have solved the problems.

Brockmeier said some of the problems in Tri-County providing the new service were caused by frequency interference from another carrier and the school’s wireless network.

Police Chief Michel Soyez, Librarian Janet Marler, City Administrator David Mayfield and Public Works Director Harvey Sanders all verified that Internet service problems have appeared to clear up.

Commissioners Larry McLain and Jim Crofoot, in the absence of Mayor Eloise Mueller, voted 2-0 to approve an interlocal agreement with the City of Hillsboro to allow seeking Kansas Department of Health and Environment grant funds for a feasibility study of having one water plant supply under a wholesale water district for both cities.

Mayfield said the study could cost up to $25,000 with 50-50 state grant funds.

Mayfield said he has completed two phases of grant writing school given by Flint Hills Rural Conservation and Development with the third phase to be done in March.

He will bring a grant search program into the city that will allow private and public entities to search for grant money by appointment from the city office at a reduced price.

Mayfield said the city has received six or seven applications for water plant operator with “the hiring process” expected within the next two weeks.

Marler said the library will begin its spring session of weekly storytimes at 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Fridays March 5 to April 30 for children ages three to six. To reserve a spot for a child, she said to call 382-2442.

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