Articles By: Patty Decker

Commission continues to discuss wind farm

Prior to the Marion County Commission acting on a recommendation from its planning and zoning board to approve a conditional use for a wind farm being developed in the south-central part of the county, some questions were raised regarding the process at its July 1 meeting. In providing the commission with information about the steps necessary to make a decision […]

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Wind farm impacts on county roads discussed by commission

The Marion County Commission heard from Dave Mueller, who represents landowners leasing ground to Enel Green Power-Diamond Vista for its wind turbine project, but at Monday’s meeting, he wants the commission to remove Kirkham Michael as the county’s road consultant. “As the role of representing landowners, I handle their concerns and their issues, and their biggest issue through this entire […]

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Permit granted for wind farm despite protest

Permit granted for wind farm despite protest

About 300 people attended the first of three nights of meetings regarding the wind farm project. Patty Decker / Free Press The Marion County Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals recommended a conditional use permit in the south-central part of the county for Wind Expedition-National Renewable Solutions, but with many opposing the permit. In the three-day hearing, which was June 3, […]

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Third wind farm hearing heard by county

The Marion County Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals had its third meeting Monday to consider recommending a conditional use permit to Expedition Natural Renewal Solutions. The first two meetings on June 3-4 provided ENRS officials time to discuss the reasons why a CUP should be granted, and also to provide those opposed the opportunity to state why it shouldn’t be […]

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Candidates finalized for upcoming local county elections

The last day for candidates to file for county commission, city and school was June 4, according to information released from Tina Spencer, election office. In addition, Marion County voters have until Oct. 15 to register to vote, and advance voting begins the next day on Oct. 16. For those wanting to vote early, Spencer said, those dates are between […]

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Commission gets into road discussions

The Marion County Commission heard from Brice Goebel, the new county engineer for the road and bridge department at its meeting June 10. Goebel said it’s been long hours, but said many people who have had road concerns were happy he called them back. Regarding the roads, Goebel said he had a staff meeting with his personnel and talked about […]

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County engineer contract ratified

After a unanimous vote to hire Brice Goebel as county engineer in mid-May, the next step was in approving a contract, which the Marion County Commission did June 3 following a series of executive sessions from May until ratification. In addition to hiring Goebel at a salary of $80,000, the commissioners also discussed the current staffing structure and existing job […]

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Solid waste plan approved despite questions from commissioner

The Marion County Commission approved a five-year solid waste management plan at its meeting June 3, but one commissioner believed its importance warranted more time for the public to review. Prior to approving the Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority’s five-year plan by a vote of 2-0 (Commissioner Randy Dallke was absent), one citizen did ask a question. Amy Soyez, […]

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Copenhaver’s bring detail to their Hillsboro based business

Copenhaver’s bring detail to their Hillsboro based business

Patty Decker/free press Ashley and Doug Copenhaver own a car detailing business called Mirror Image. They are located in Hillsboro. Doug Copenhaver of Hillsboro opened “Mirror Image,” an auto detailing business that goes beyond the normal car wash by making vehicles gleam. Unlike the typical automated washing system, Copenhaver said auto detailing involves a lot more. “The exterior of vehicles […]

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Sometimes you have to move on

It’s difficult to find rest with so many of life’s pressures, and with the added communication of cell phones and emails compounding the problem, many of us seem to be constantly over-stretched with too much to do. Even though life is meant to be busy, the feeling at the end of the day is that we’ve left things undone. For […]

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