ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
Margo Yates told the Marion City Commission Monday that as a member of the South-Central and Prairie Tour Associations for tourism, Marion continues putting $1,000 into a certificate of deposit each year saving toward making a movie on the area.
She also is working with the Kansas Department of Transportation on identifying historic locations.
Gene Winkler said one of Marion’s main tourist attractions, Chingawassa Days, in June, will have as its big band this year The Guess Who.
Other new features, he said, may include a rock, paper and scissors game and a two-person volleyball tournament. A group from Hillsboro will host a quilt show in the Catholic Church hall.
Winkler hinted that a fireworks display, perhaps from a city water tower, may become a reality.
He said the Chingawassa committee is discussing requiring the $20 button for nearly everything with a discount only to allow afternoon participation by school kids.
The commissioners approved a municipal aid agreement that Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said covers cities from this region all the way to the Missouri border.
City Administrator David Mayfield said this is the agreement that enabled Marion to get help from Hillsboro and Herington last year.
Mayfield said the city’s street sweeper has been broken down for a month, and the commissioners likely will have to decide between repairing it or replacing it.
Sanders said the city crew has still been involved in removing trees damaged by last year’s storms, including seven or eight in the last week.
City Clerk Angela Lange said another application has been made in the city’s home buyer program which gives $1,000 in city money toward closing costs, and makes buyers eligible for goods and services from merchants. This was the second such application received, she said.
City Attorney Dan Baldwin said he is working on clearing titles necessary for the water plant upgrade.
Police Chief Michel Soyez said police broke up a fight Friday night in Central Park that involved an adult and several juveniles.
The commissioners approved the January billing tie out.
They approved paying warrants for $168,131.45 and a payroll for $28,154.81.