ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
Newly elected Mayor Martin Tice was sworn in by City Clerk Linda Holub at the Marion City Commission meeting Monday following a thank-you reception for outgoing Mayor Eloise Mueller.
City Administrator David Mayfield credited Mueller with being “instrumental” in the development of improvements in Marion such as the new assisted-living facility now under construction.
Commissioner Jim Crofoot thanked Mueller for weathering the frustration of slow improvement in the city at first to make contributions “that will be missed.”
Commissioner Jim McLain thanked Mueller for helping him to learn how to best improve the city.
Mueller said she was able to accomplish a lot and bypass blunders because of the efforts of city personnel, volunteers and fellow commissioners.
Mueller won’t retire completely because the commission appointed her as chair of the economic development advisory committee.
The commission proclaimed April 19 fine-arts day in Marion to assist in community support requested by Jim Versch, Marion High School art teacher, for the school’s hosting of the Cottonwood Valley League’s art meet that day from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the city building.
The public is invited to see the art display at the building as well as view sidewalk chalk art in contest on downtown city walks authorized by the city.
Mayfield said he, Public Works Director Harvey Sanders and Street Superintendent Marty Fredrickson joined City of Hillsboro personnel in a meeting last week with Tulsa District Army Corps of Engineers Environmental and Compliance Branch representatives at Marion Reservoir.
Mayfield said they will do monitoring tests monthly in April and May and twice monthly in June, July and August for any possible outbreaks of the blue-green algae that caused concerns last year.
If another outbreack occurs, Mayfield said the city is prepared with equipment this time to treat lake water if necessary or switch over on short notice to creek water.
The same three men met with Rhonda Montgomery from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and National Flood Insurance Program to help improve management of floodplain area.
Mayfield will attend a Kansas Department of Transportation workshop in Wichita in July to help the city if it ever needs to apply for a federal grant to renovate a historical site or for scenic or environmental project, such as a pedestrian or bicycle path.
Mayfield said Infinitec, the city’s Web master, has selected the city Web site designed by Police Chief Michel Soyez as an example to place on advertising brochures.
Librarian Janet Marler said 117 new books were aquired last month at the library.