ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
The Marion City Commission Monday approved getting credit cards for employee use, with Mayor Martin Tice recommending they be sought at local banks.
City Manager David Mayfield explained employees are having problems dealing with out-of-town businesses that are no longer willing to allow convenient direct billing to the city.
When employees are required to have an overnight out-of-town stay, Mayfield said motels lately are requiring at least 50 stays a year to allow direct billing.
The city had to fax credit information to a tire shop in Wichita this year to purchase replacement tires when a Marion dump truck was stranded there with blowouts.
Mayfield, with librarian Janet Marler, announced that the restored library-depot building is receiving the Kansas Preservation award in a meeting from 4 to 8 p.m. April 29 at the Wichita Historical Museum. This award follows similar recognition with a recent historical renovation award from the Kansas Contractors Association, Mayfield added.
The library will be closed that afternoon to enable staff to travel to Wichita, Marler said.
Mayfield said he has received a call from consultants on the water plant renovation, informing the city that action on a rural development grant for the project is delayed until May because of a backlog of applications.
City Clerk Linda Holub announced she will be gone twice this week for classes on accounting procedures in Wichita and Salina.
Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said the hard wind on Sunday resulted in only one electrical outage, which lasted only an hour.
He said the city crew will be working on painting at the swimming pool this week, and on installing road materials for a culvert on Country Club Drive.
Mayfield thanked Mary Jeffrey, who is resigning as a board member for the museum, for her service, and the commissioners appointed Pat Foth as her successor.
The commissioners also reappointed Betty Sanders to a four-year term on the library board, and on the same board named Terry Svoboda to succeed Bill Smithhart for two years, and Jane O’Conner to succeed Brenda Rhodes for four years.
The commissioners approved both the quarterly and March financial statements, as well as both the quarterly and March investment and collateral reports.
Commissioner Jim Crofoot commended Mayfield for his budgetary stewardship, which resulted in the commissioners having fewer financial concerns.