Articles By: Patty Decker

Commission discusses financing options for County transfer station

The Marion County Commission reviewed financing options for transfer station upgrades ranging from general obligation bonds to sales tax and ways that involve a lease finance arrangements at the July 22 meeting. David Arteberry, senior vice-president of George K. Baum and Co., based in Kansas City, Mo., provided the commissioners with a list of six possible options to consider in […]

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Underage drivers a point of contention for county

Complaints about underage drivers or improper permitting on utility vehicles and golf carts at the county lake prompted Marion County Commissioners to speak with the park and lake superintendent at the July 15 meeting. Commission chairman Kent Becker said that because of this problem, law enforcement should have greater enforcement, at least on weekends. “It is an issue,” said Isaac […]

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Commission still at odds on wind farm debate

The Marion County Commissioners spoke about the future of wind farms at its July 15 meeting. Commissioner Randy Dallke said he particularly wanted to discuss some of the concerns he had and asked the other commissioners for their input. “With all the steps and procedures we have set up in Marion County, there’s been enough said on the opposite side […]

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Wind farm permit approved, not development plan

Wind farm permit approved, not development plan

About 50 people attended the Marion County Commission meeting on July 8 to hear how the commissioners vote on the wind farm project. The commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of approving the conditional use permit proposed by Expedition Wind. The development plan, which was split out from the CUP, was not approved at this time. Patty Decker/Free Press The Marion […]

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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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