Marion seals deal with education cooperative

Marion County Special Education Cooperative is in the process of moving its offices from Florence to Marion, according to information presented at the Monday, Jan. 12 city council meeting.

Doug Kjellin, economic development director, told the councilors that all the utilities have been transferred from the city to the cooperative?s new building on East Lawrence.

In addition, the council agreed to the cooperative?s $20,000 deposit with the city carrying the remaining $80,000 as a loan and at 4.5 percent interest or another $1,800.

The loan will be due in full by July 1, he said, and a lease/purchase agreement will be signed by both parties, but the deed will not be turned over to the cooperative until the building is paid in full.

The MCSEC?s new building has a total square footage of 23,711 and is located at 1500 E. Lawrence, Marion.

The cooperative serves children with disabilities in the county?s five districts.

In other business the council:

approved letter of agreement between the city of Marion and USD 408 (Marion-Florence School District) regarding shared expenses for the aquatic center as per the interlocal agreement made. City Administrator David Mayfield said the agreement basically determines who will pay for what.

?We will share 50 percent of the net expenses,? he said.

? approved Hett Construction bid of $1,418 for generator pad at the city building.

? after some discussion, a 3 percent pay raise for city employees was approved with one dissenting vote from Councilor Steven Smith.

? approved an ordinance (1299) establishing the minimum hours of training required to renew a construction trade license.

Licenses approved by the city at its last meeting for 2009 include contractors: Mel Flaming, Flaming Metal Systems; Jason Vogel, Simpson & Associates; Gerald Wiens; Dusty Hett; Dave Hett, Hett Construction and Jake Wiebe, Wiebe Siding and Remodeling, contractor.

Electricians approved were Steve Kaye, Kaye Electric, Inc.; Tina Montonye, Elcon Services, Inc.; Lin Slifer, LinCo, Inc.; Jim Davis, Jim Davis Air Conditioning; Gilbert Suderman, Elcon Services, Inc.; Harvey Sanders, Sanders Electric; Glenn Waggoner, Hedlund Electric, Inc.; Jeff Ledy, Herington Heating/AC, Refrigeration (also plumbing); Rick Lowe, A & H Electrical, Inc. and Jonah Gehrig, Elcon Services, Inc.

Plumbers approved were Anthony F. Schafers, Tony?s Plumbing (electrical); James Carr, James R. Carr Construction; Merle Flaming, Flaming?s Plumbing; Karl Schaffer, Eagle Plumbing Heating & Air; Lester W. Funk, Funk?s Supply, Inc.; Matthew Hiebert, Jost Plumbing; Don Druse, Don?s Plumbing; Jeff Inlow, Inlow Plumbing Service; Dale Peck, Dale?s Plumbing; DuWayne Suffield, Suffield Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.


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