Category: County Wide News

Consultant explains state fire marshal?s visit to county jail

Consultants with Law Kingdon of Wichita, who also work with planning for a new community corrections center, were at the Marion County Commission meeting Monday to explain planning to commissioners for meeting state fire marshal requirements for the current jail.

Tony Rangel of Law Kingdon said the requirements include blocking fire access through vertical systems?such as heating conduits?and putting barrier walls between jail housing for humans and jail housing for inanimate objects.

Rangel said the Commission could ask the state for 90 days to complete the work. He added that the work wouldn?t be overly expensive, and ?could be done by local craftsmen.?

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Goessel council reviews fireworks regs

The Goessel City Council reviewed fireworks stipulations for the public during its June 18 meeting.

Permits are required to discharge fireworks within the city of Goessel. Forms may be picked up at the city office and at Citizens? State Bank and must be returned to the city office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 3.

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Commissioner?s waste disposal is allowable, sanitarian says
Commissioner?s waste disposal is allowable, sanitarian says

Commissioner?s waste disposal is allowable, sanitarian says

HolubTrashDCP_3975.JPG Click image to enlarge Public callers reported this pile of commercial and demolition waste to the Free Press from a house torn down on North Cedar in Marion by Seacat Hardware, where County Commissioner Dan Holub works. The waste was placed in an old trench silo on land Holub?s mother owns along 240th. County Sanitarian Bobbi Strait said the […]

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Moran to be July 3 guest in Hillsboro

U.S. Rep Jerry Moran will be the guest speaker at the third annual Fourth of July Eve celebration July 3 on the grounds of the historic William Schaeffler House at the corner of Grand and Jefferson streets. The old-fashioned evening, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will include a visit from Uncle Sam, bands, soloists, a parade and games for kids […]

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Flint Hills photo exhibit coming to Marion Library

Jim Richardson?s images of the Flint Hills featured in National Geographic magazine will be on display in Marion County at the Historic Marion City Library.

The April 2007 issue of National Geographic shared the hidden secrets of the Flint Hills with its readers, heralding the Flint Hills as among the world?s most breathtaking natural treasures.

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Former Spring Lake may be restored as wetlands project
Former Spring Lake may be restored as wetlands project

Former Spring Lake may be restored as wetlands project

SpringLakeP6152196.JPG Click image to enlarge   Preliminary plans are being discussed for restoration of wetlands at Spring Lake (pictured above in its current condition) on French Creek and along the shoreline of Marion Reservoir near Kansas Fish and Game headquarters between Durham and the Bruderthal area, both on federal land, to aid in sediment control at the reservoir. Peggy Blackman, […]

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Herzet resigns as director of road and bridge dept.

With tears in his eyes and emotion in his voice, Road and Bridge Director Jim Herzet Monday gave his two weeks resignation notice to the Marion County Commission on Monday.

The commissioners had announced earlier in the meeting that the second-ranking member of road and bridge, Road Supervisor Steve Hudson, was being named park director at Marion County Lake to succeed Dale Snelling.

After Herzet?s resignation, the commissioners called Hudson back for a half-hour executive session.

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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

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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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