Category: County Wide News

Commissioners discuss problem with window project

Commissioners discuss problem with window project

Marion County commissioners Dan Holub and Lori Lalouette take a break from Monday’s meeting to examine the borders and sashes of the replacement windows in the courthouse. The colors that were applied did not match the original agreement. Earl Winter (standing in background) of Winter Construction and crew will repaint frames and sashes. Marion County Commissioners learned at the Dec. […]

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Commissioners approve revised eco-devo charter

The Marion County Commission voted unanimously Nov. 30 to accept a revised economic development charter presented by Chris Hernandez, speaking on behalf of the task force. Commission chairman Randy Dallke said the verbiage in the original document “was hard to un­­der­­stand.” “We wanted plain talk,” he said. “I think this revised charter will be good for the county, and the […]

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Hillsboro council OKs cutoff policy

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil approved a new utility-cutoff policy during a Nov. 22 special meeting. Policy 88, which was introduced at the council’s previous meeting, addresses electric customers who are delinquent in their payments, but have health issues that require continuation of electric service. City Administrator Larry Paine said the policy, initiated following a recent situation, was modeled after the […]

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Marion launches lighting contest

The Marion City Council was in the holiday spirit Monday, voting unanimously to approve a Christmas lighting contest for city residents with the top three homes receiving $500, $300 or $100. The city’s electrical utility department, Marion PRIDE Committee and Marion Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the contest with judging planned for the evening of Dec. 15. Prizes will be […]

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Goessel raises water rates for coming year

The Goessel City Council discussed water issue, including a customer rate increase, during its Nov. 21 meeting. Public Works Director Karen Dalke told the council that anyone who uses a water sprinkler hooked to city water is required to have a back-flow preventer that needs to be inspected every year, and the inspection needs to be on file with the […]

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County continues discussion on new radio system

The Marion County Board of Commissioners talked with Sheriff Robert Craft on Monday about changes in the frequency band from a 400 MHz to an 800 MHz system on handheld radios and in patrol cars. “How do you want to proceed or not proceed on the lease purchase for 2017?” Craft said. “The current system needs improving and it would […]

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Hillsboro council reviews utility cut-off policy

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil reviewed the city’s utility cut-off policy during its Nov. 8 special meeting. The issue was customers who are delinquent in their payments, but have health issues that require continuation of electric service. City Administrator Larry Paine said the issue surfaced during the previous building cycle. A customer facing utility cut-off pleaded for an additional day to […]

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Commissioners resume discussion on roads, bridges

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met Nov. 14 to discuss roads and bridges, a new noxious weed policy and hear a report on the future of Kansas counties. During the afternoon session, commissioners canvassed the general election before finalizing results, which were not available at press time. Prompted by a complaint from a landowner, Bud Druse, director of weeds, […]

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Kids Count report shows benefits of early education in Marion County

Marion County has several indicators of children’s wellness in health and education of which to be proud, according to the annual release of Annie E. Casey Foundation data analyzed by Kansas Action for Children. • Eighty-seven percent of children entering kindergarten in the county have been appropriately immunized during their first three years, and this rate has been rising on […]

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County food bank seeking more resources

As the holidays approach, the Marion County Resource Center/ Food Bank, at 1220 E. Main St. in Marion, continues to depend on the help of others to feed those less fortunate. Case Gann of Hillsboro, one of the newest board members, said he is trying to figure out ways to get more support from all of Marion County in contributing […]

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