Category: County Wide News

Marion Council vote delays action on sidewalk project

The Marion City Council stalled once Monday with its fifth member, Bill Holdeman gone, to vote 2-2 on $6,015 bid from Hett Construction to build new sidewalks in Liberty Park.

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Florence to ask for clarity on tree-farm ruling

The Florence City Council discussed at its Aug. 20 meeting recent findings by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Cottonwood River dike.

Maintenance issues, such as mowing, brought up in the report will be addressed.

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Council hears appreciation for Threshing Days assistance

Larry K. Voth, chairman of the Threshing Days Committee, attended the Aug. 20 Goessel City Council meeting to review Country Threshing Days, which occurred Aug. 3-4.

Voth expressed gratitude to the event?s sponsoring organizations, the Mennonite Heritage Museum and the Wheat Heritage Engine and Threshing Co., for their assistance.

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Country adopts 2008 budget with no mill-levy increase

With only seven patrons attending the 2008 budget hearing on Monday, the Marion County Commission approved the new budget that included no mill-levy increase.

Scot Loyd, county auditor, said a $170,000 valuation rise had made it unnecessary to consider a mill levy increase beyond the 59 mills.

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‘Justus’ to play at Florence Labor Day street dance

Florence Labor Day Celebra?tion will feature a street dance Sept. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight on Main Street. Music will be provided by ?Justus,? a classic country and rock band that originated in 1990. After five years together, members took some time off then reunited in 2007. Members of the band are Allen Makovec and son Caleb of Goessel, […]

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Tampa fire department to receive $143,000 grant

Congressman Jerry Moran today announced Aug. 8 that Marion County Fire District No. 7 has been awarded two grants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tampa firefighters were given $11,605 to acquire new bunker gear and $131,100 to purchase a new 3,000-gallon tanker truck. ?Many rural fire departments rely on these grants to purchase the equipment they need to […]

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Commissioners say ‘no mill-levy increase’ to fund 2008 budget

The Marion County Commission voted 3-0 Monday that there would be no mill levy increase in the 2008 budget.

Tom Brown of Savant Services in McPherson urged the commission to continue to develop a strategic plan even to the point of deciding which county blacktop roads might be turned to gravel if oil prices continue to rise.

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Marion City Council aproves 2008 budget with modest mill levy increase

The Marion City Council approved its 2008 budget Monday with a three-tenths mill levy increase.

The council also approved a recommendation from Economic Director Jami Williams to switch Web providers from Infinitec to local company Florence Web Computers for a savings of more than $500 annually, a bid of $250 per year compared to more than $770 from Infinitec.

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Hillsboro to set hearing for liquor zoning

After a discussion with the city?s planning consultant and representatives from the Plan?ning and Zoning Commission at its Aug. 7 meeting, the Hillsboro City Council directed the commission to conduct a public hearing about zoning regulations regarding liquor by the drink.

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Florence council raises tax levy by 2.5 mills

Because of a reduction in the town?s valuation, the 2008 city budget will require a property-tax increase of almost 2.5 mills.

After a public hearing prior to its regular Aug. 6 meeting, the Florence City Council approved the new budget in regular session.

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