Commissioners consider contract help

The Marion County Board of Commissioner Monday considered that it might make do with a part-time consultant to fulfill some of the duties of the executive director of Plan­ning, Zoning and Environ­mental Health Department.

Tonya Richards, former executive director, left the county to work for Westar Energy in Topeka.

David Yearout, the zoning administrator for Geary County, said Lisa Davies, sanitarian for Geary County, also works one day a week to fulfill those functions for Morris County at a charge of $5,000, and might do the same for Marion County.

The commissioners did discuss a pay raise for County Clerk Tina Spencer, who is dealing with many of Richards’ former functions, but Spencer suggested they wait to see what develops in someone else assuming duties.

Spencer noted that in many cases patrons must be able to have immediate planning approval to proceed with projects.

Yearout said there also is immediate need for him to deal with flood plain administration.

Extension Agent Renae Riedy outlined for commissioners what she is doing in educational promotion of nutrition rounded basic foods such as whole grains and brown rice.

She also has been involved heavily both in regional and local 4-H club days events.

Commission Chairman Randy Dallke commended Riedy for always being active in her work.

Riedy said she and County Extension Agricul­tural Agent Rickey Roberts continue to be active in Kansas State University Extension efforts to unify adjoining counties’ programs for efficiency and added expertise, such as combining Dickinson and Marion county programs.

Emergency Medical Services Director Ed Debesis reported 93 ambulance runs for March, including 16 from Peabody, four from Florence, none for the backup, 36 for Marion, 33 for Hillsboro and four for Tampa.

These included 23 transfers, six cardiac, 23 medical emergency, six standby, one motor vehicle accident, three falls, 23 no transport, four “disregard” and four other.

There was one first-response run from Goessel and one from Lincolnville.

Larry Reddick of Ergon Inc. reviewed functions and uses of road oil surfacing types that the company provides for the county for commissioners.

He recommended the county predominantly continue to use surfacing with a gasoline base that comes out of El Dorado that is more cost effective for here rather than trying to switch to surfacing with a water based emulsifier that comes out of the company’s processing plant at Dodge City.

He said it makes no personal advantage to him as he sells them both. Reddick offered to be available for advice and consultation as part of his normal duties whenever the commissioners want it.

The three commissioners met in executive sessions for personnel for five minutes with Spencer, 10 minutes by themselves, 15 minutes with Road and Bridge Foreman Larry Cushenberry, and again for five minutes with Cushenberry.