ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
The Marion City Commission was provided with copies of its proposed 2005 budget Monday, and City Administrator David Mayfield asked for replies back by July 22 for any budget item commissioners want addressed.
Mayfield reported he attended Location One training in Chanute last week that will enable him to list business lots or buildings for sale or rent in Marion on the Internet.
He will also be able to profile existing Marion businesses, population base, average pay scale and other related economic development information on the Kansas Department of Commerce Web site.
Mayfield said he will be attending a Kansas Department of Transportation “enhancement workshop”in Wichita this week that will help in seeking downtown revitalization grants.
Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said the city used a sewer cleaning machine demonstration to clear some sewer lines that were “pretty badly clogged” with tree roots.
Sanders said the city’s capital outlay plan includes replacing its 30-year-old sewer cleaning machine.
Sanders said rip rap rock that was washed away during rains from Ann’s Park has been replaced, and the city is attempting to catch up on mowing.
One mosquito spraying was done last week, and will be repeated again this week along with maintaining brickettes in Luta Creek for mosquito control, Sanders said.
All of these treatments are expensive, and therefore must be used judiciously, he said.
Sanders reported that a transformer is ready to be installed at the new assisted living facility as soon as power lines are ready.
Mayor Martin Tice and Commissioner Jim Crofoot approved an occupational tax license for D&J Liquor in the absence of Commissioner Larry McLain.
They also approved the quarterly financial statement, the June financial statement, and the June investment and collateral report.