Commissioners vote to begin jail sales tax collection July 1

By unanimous vote, Marion County commissioners passed a resolution Monday that should begin a half-cent sales tax in the county July 1 for building the new jail.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said the July date was chosen because the state gave that as the first date it could begin collecting it.

In an election canvass by the commissioners, the final count in the election approving a jail levy was 1,704 ?yes? votes and 969 ?no? votes.

Commissioners Roger Flem?ing and Dan Holub joined in appointing Dallke with direct supervisory responsibility, along with County Clerk Carol Maggard, in clearing the lots along Fourth Street in Marion for jail construction.

Dallke expected removal of unneeded gas lines and trees to begin relatively soon, with county road and bridge equipment and crew doing much of the work. Structures will also be removed at that location, he said.

Lake housing

Meanwhile, the commissioners gave Park and Lake Super?visor Steve Hudson authority to begin removing two docks at Marion County Lake May 1 if their owners don?t respond to notices to modify them according to county standards.

Hudson said two other owners of non-compliant docks have responded to recent notices with plans to bring the docks up to standard.

He said the dock owners have been notified twice in the past, and one was spoken to.

Holub said if dock owners are out of state or have travel problems getting here to take care of the docks, they should be given consideration as long as they contact Hudson.

Hudson said a volunteer work day is planned for Saturday at the lake for trash pickup and flower planting, followed by lunch provided by the county.

The commissioners voted 3-0 to disapprove of new construction at 10 Rock Road at Marion County Lake for a multi-family dwelling space.

Tonya Richards, director of planning, zoning and environmental health brought the question to the commissioners from the county zoning committee.

Dallke asked that the commissioners pause to consider the zoning request in realization that building lot space at the lake has filled rapidly. Allow?ances for multi-family condominiums and housing developments may have to be done in the future, he said.

Holub said housing at the lake already ?is very jammed in there? with possible diffcult access for fire trucks in future emergencies.

Emergency volunteers

Dallke told Emergency Medical Services Director Steve Smith that people in Peabody were highly concerned last weekend when no ambulance volunteers were available in the town.

Smith said that was because they were away for training. He added that it brings up a grave situation for Marion County residents: Not enough people are volunteering for training and testing as ambulance crew.

Being a member of a county ambulance crew means taking and passing a nine-month course, he said, with a portion of the unpaid volunteers unable to complete it.

Plus, Hudson said, the volunteers must complete annual hours to remain certified. More volunteers are ?desperately needed,? he repeated.

Dallke said he is concerned that if more volunteers don?t step forward, the system may have to be changed some day.

Hudson reported 82 ambulance runs for March including 18 transfers, four cardiac, 24 medical emergencies, six standby, 13 motor vehicle accidents, nine falls, seven no transports, and one 10-22.

The runs included 11 from Peabody, five from Florence, 27 from Marion, 35 from Hillsboro and four from Tampa.

Three first-response runs were made from Goessel and one from Lincolnville.

Dan D?Albini, as new director of emergency management, was counseled by commissioners regarding continuing education and certification while the interim director, Linda Klenda, was asked to stay in position as interim director.

Solid waste

Rollin Schmidt, in his capacity as transfer station director, reported 471.68 tons of municipal solid waste, 174.23 tons of commercial and demolition waste, 0.51 ton of special waste and 0.28 ton of tires collected at the transfer station in March.

Solid waste was disposed of at a cost of $38.96 a ton for a total March cost of $21,315 and $55,316 for the year.

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