ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
The Marion City Commission Monday passed a resolution to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph from Eastmoor Drive to the eastern city limit on Highway 256 as was recommended by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Margo Yates, reporting on Chamber of Commerce tourism efforts and also for the Marion Recreation Commission, and librarian Janet Marler both said name recognition and approval for Marion were high last week while working a booth at the Kansas Sampler Festival.
Yates said last week’s motorcycle rally also was a big success despite wet weather, and promoters are predicting a bigger turnout next year.
Commissioners approved a recommendation from the recreation commission presented by Yates for construction of a 10-by-13-foot storage shed on an existing concrete slab at the baseball field subject to building inspector approval.
Marler showed a plaque for the Kansas Preservation Award presented to Marion for the restored library-depot received last week in a meeting at the Wichita Historical Museum.
Public Works Director Harvey Sanders reported that all water fountains were hooked up at the baseball field this week.
Recreation isn’t the only thing becoming more active. Police Chief Michel Soyez said the warmer weather is increasing law enforcement activities, especially more juvenile problems.
The commissioners approved free season swimming pool passes, valued at $70 for a family or $35 for a single person, for all full-time employees, part-time library personnel, the recreation director, city commissioners, part-time police officers and fire department personnel.
Commissioner Jim Crofoot said that in the past the passes have been particularly appreciated by part-time personnel as a benefit.
The commissioners rescinded appointment of Pat Foth to the museum board at her own request and appointed instead Wendy Youk to succeed Mary Jeffrey.
City Attorney Dan Baldwin said the city needs to seek a new surveyor to offer the services until recently provided by Jim Brosemer, who is now deceased.
Baldwin said Brosemer’s ready knowledge and easily available help will be greatly missed by the city, and he predicted “sticker shock” when the city finds new help when it was accustomed to Brosemer’s “reasonable prices.”
“Losing him was a tremendous loss for the city,” he said, adding that he and Sanders could have used Brosemer’s knowledge in researching easements this week.
The commissioners approved annual reappointments of Baldwin, Sanders, City Administrator David Mayfield, City Clerk Linda Holub, City Treasurer Angela Lange, Soyez, Fire Chief Thad Meierhoff and Municipal Judge Bryson Mills.