Articles By: Patty Decker

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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County approves funds to be used to advertise the City of Marion

The Marion County Commission unanimously approved giving the Marion Merchants’ Association about two-thirds of its request for money from the transient guest tax at the Monday regular meeting. Tammy Ensey, owner of the Elgin Hotel and spokesperson for the association, asked the commission for $15,375 to market specifically the city of Marion using television advertising, highway signage and a brochure. […]

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Citizens should pay close attention to how taxes are spent

Marion County taxpayers should know about potential pitfalls with respect to the county’s spending habits, policies, pay plan based on performance and other procedures that happened in the recent past. In addition, what action is being taken to either correct or explain to the public what the commissioner’s reasoning is in resolving these issues? One major concern is the spending […]

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Commission ‘okays’ search for planning and zoning position

The Marion County Commission unanimously approved adding a second part-time employee to the planning and zoning department at its meeting May 6. Commission chairman Kent Becker said Sharon Omstead, director of planning and zoning, who was hired in mid-October of 2018, is experiencing additional work from the wind farm people in the south-central part of the county, as she continues […]

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Marion County Commission approves wind farm proposal

Marion County Commission approves wind farm proposal

A majority of the constituents at the April 29 Marion County Commission meeting oppose the wind turbine project and asked the commissioner for a moratorium. Patty Decker / Free Press The Marion County Commission met with opposition from landowners who asked for another week to review a newly proposed resolution on road rights-of-way by Expedition Natural Renewal Solutions that was […]

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Marion County Firefighters given praise following burn project

Marion County commissioners heard from local firefighters at Monday’s meeting and how their task force scored high marks as part of a burn project at Quivira Boy Scout Ranch in Sedan. Lester Kaiser, Lincolnville fire chief, said as volunteers they were graded on their performance with the highest marks given for attitude. In addition, Erik Johnson, whose home unit is […]

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Residents concerned about lake properties

Concerns about the Marion County Park and Lake’s planning and zoning regulations, and the lack of enforcement, took center stage at Monday’s commission meeting. Donna Kaiser, a lake resident, said: “We have homes at the lake and recently some lots were sold to the west of us to three different gentlemen. “One building is already up and not in compliance […]

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