Category: County Wide News

Marion to pursue street funding

The Marion City Council Monday approved an agreement with Ranson Financial presented by the company?s representative, Rose Mary Saunders, to seek more than $500,000 in grant and loan to finance reconstruction of Cedar and Eisenhower streets.

The amount sought could vary according to engineering desired, and whether replacement of things such as a water line in the way could be financed. Councilor Stacey Collett urged that a water line on Eisenhower be included if possible.

Saunders said it could be possible to include curb and guttering on Eisenhower.

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County plans to crack down on individual polluters

Individual polluters?whether they dump trash along roadsides, throw
away tires in county ditches, run a straight-pipe for sewage to a ditch
or stream, or park salvage vehicles on county right-of-way?finally have
the Marion County Commission fed up with them.

The commissioners decided Monday to have the county attorney write
some enforcement tools ?with teeth in them? that could stick individual
violators with fines starting as high $1,500.

The commissioners not only want the fines hefty, they said, but they
also want them to stick. Commissioner Bob Hein said county government
will need to approach them with the attitude that there is no backing
off.

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Florence council plans to check city infrastructure

The Florence City Council worked on creating a plan for infrastructure evaluation at its June 4 meeting.

Councilor Randy Mills offered to volunteer his time, equipment and fuel to help clean storm drains and inspect culverts. Local contractors will be used when additional help is needed.

Mills also mentioned that several water valves have had to be dug out recently because they were filled with dirt. He suggested that other valves be located, checked and dug out if necessary in case an emergency might lead to their immediate use.

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Bundling up for a hot time at Threshing Days
Bundling up for a hot time at Threshing Days

Bundling up for a hot time at Threshing Days

GoesselWheatBinding.jpg Click image to enlarge. Russ Hamm and Brenden Nafziger were binding wheat at the Goessel Engine Club grounds Saturday. With weather conditions making for a thin crop to harvest, they hope to get a couple bundle racks full for the Goessel Threshing Days. This year?s festival will be Aug. 3-5.

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Blown Away
Blown Away

Blown Away

FallenTreeP6062184.JPG Click image to enlarge. Mike Duerksen of the Hillsboro city crew begins cutting up a major tree limb that fell Wednesday afternoon onto the roof of the east shelterhouse in Memorial Park. Gusts that registered between 50 and 60 mph buffeted the area Wednesday and much of Thursday. Many yards were littered with leaves and small branches but few […]

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County-wide recycling on the horizon, Schmidt says
County-wide recycling on the horizon, Schmidt says

County-wide recycling on the horizon, Schmidt says

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Rollin Schmidt expects Marion County to have a recycling program available to all residents in the next few years. Any community in the future may be sorry it doesn?t have a landfill, he said, to get in on the income that can be mined from it. The county may want to open the remaining 160 acres at the old landfill some day to get in on future commercial advantages.

Rollin Schmidt believes Marion County will have county-wide recycling of solid waste materials within the next few years, and perhaps very soon.

Schmidt, who is director of the county?s solid-waste transfer station, household hazardous waste and noxious weed departments, said he is already working on a grant with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It would provide the county with the ability to buy recycling trailers for receiving waste in the different communities, a truck to pull them around, and a baler for cardboard that could also bundle aluminum and plastics.

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Goessel council hears offer to mow lawn

City Clerk Anita Goertzen informed the Goessel City Council at its May 21 meeting that resident Jimmy McGuire and his son had offered to mow the Cedar Street cemetery, across the street from the city building.

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Marion council moves on street projects

The Marion City Council Monday approved proceeding with development of a contract with the engineering firm of Kirkham-Michael that could begin somewhere close to a million dollars of street construction.

The projects probably will include Eisenhower, North Cedar and petitioned-for projects, perhaps three of them.

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Wedding-dress exhibit opens at Mennonite Heritage Museum

A new exhibit at the Menno?nite Heritage Museum in Goessel features wedding dresses. Eight dresses are displayed, the oldest worn in 1900 and the ?newest? in 1956.

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Commissioners consider forming public building commission

The Marion County Commis?sion Monday spoke by tele-conference with bond represen?t?atives, while examining papers the same consultants sent for creating a county public-building commission to build a jail.

Commissioners estimated the jail, or community corrections center, would be built after perhaps winning public approval to finance bonds in the general election of November 2008. Law Kingdon Inc. of Wichita is working on plans for a facility.

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