County picks Moundridge resident for eco-devo position

Marion County Commission announced Monday its choice for county economic development secretary: Teresa Huffman of Moundridge.

Commission Chairman Dan Holub said Huffman will assume her position Nov. 1.

Holub and Commissioner Bob Hein agreed with Commissioner Randy Dallke that Huffman should work a 40-hour work week rather than a 37.5-hour work week.

Holub said her salary would be $2,084 a month.

Huffman, according to her job description, will do a variety of administrative and clerical duties including acting as secretary for the county’s economic development council, coordinating communication and taking economic development initiative.

Holub said Huffman has worked in economic development with extensive experience in grant writing, and she currently serves in a bank position at Moundridge. She is expected to move to Marion.

The commissioners considered raising her title to manager instead of secretary, but decided against it. Holub said office space in the courthouse has been found for her on the lower floor with Road and Bridge Department.

Bobbi Strait, planning, zoning and environmental health director, was directed by commissioners to talk to the people and put together a history on a situation at 384 140th Road near Goessel.

Strait said persons there believe they were granted a building permit for a guesthouse on 38.5 acres that already has two older homes on it.

Strait said the property also included the foundation of a double-wide mobile home, which has been removed. She needs to know whether the double-wide was grandfathered in before 1992.

She said residents there have asked for an extension on a permit to build a guesthouse. The permit was to have been granted May 6, but it appears it might not have been filed properly for planning and zoning commission consideration.

Rollin Schmidt, noxious weed, household hazardous waste and transfer station manager, discussed building a fence around at least part, if not all, of the transfer station grounds. He said the fence would need to comply with Kansas Department of Health and Environment regulations.

KDHE wants the county to put one up, Schmidt said, because parking trucks on adjoining city land that sometimes occurs is not acceptable to the agency.

The commissioners agreed with Schmidt that he should investigate finding funding from money normally used at the old Marion County Landfill southwest of Marion for $1,257 to treat bindweed and musk thistle there rather than drawing it from the usual noxious weed account.

The commissioners read a letter from Tom Alstrom, USD 398 Peabody-Burns superintendent, thanking them and road and bridge for doing a much better patching job on roads in the south part of the county this year.

Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro was awarded a road and bridge transport fuel bid of $16,362 over a competitive bid of $16,440 from Cardie Oil of Tampa.

The Co-op’s bid included 4,500 gallons of diesel at $2.175 a gallon, 1,500 gallons of diesel in Tank 1 at $1.95 a gallon, and 2,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline at $1.85 a gallon.

The comparative per gallon bids for the same gallons respectively from Cardie were $2.118, $1.93 and $2.096.

The commissioners approved of Dell Computer equipment by County Attorney Susan Robson for $3,593, which was already budgeted from her office fund.

Assistant County Clerk Tina Spencer gave Holub an agreement to sign with Peabody State Bank for $70,545 in lease purchase funding for a new county computer server system. She said an additional $3,959 would need to be paid to Infinitec, contractor on the server.

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