County could name new EMS director Monday

The Marion County Board of Commissioners announced Monday it plans to name a new Emergency Medical Services director soon, probably publicly at the Dec. 21 meeting.

Following a 20-minute executive session for personnel to complete the selection process, Commissioner Randy Dallke said the final two candidates have been chosen, with one preferred pending verification of personal data.

On another issue, commissioners decided to accept only $100 minimum bids on lots to be sold at tax sale as outlined by County Attorney Susan Robson after a 10-minute executive session.

Along with that, they voted to forgive taxes owed on a development project in Goessel with the city of Goessel agreeing to take the property for completion and sale.

Road and Bridge Interim Superintendent Jesse Hamm said eight crew members had to work Sunday to ensure the safety of flooded roads from 160th to 180th on Kanza, at 290th and Quail Creek, at 90th and Night?hawk, and at 230th and Kansas Highway 15.

The commissioners awarded a competitive transport fuel bid of $12,704 for 5,000 gallons of diesel and 3,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline to Cooperative Grain and Supply of Hillsboro over a competitive bid of $13,028 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.

Gary Dunagan, appearing with Park and Lake Superin?tendent Steve Hudson, asked that since he moved his dock to the opposite side of his property at Marion County Lake to accommodate neighbors, with grandchildren to watch, that he be allowed to build a second dock on the other side of his property.

The commissioners said they don?t want a proliferation of docks at the lake, but they would allow him to expand the existing 8-foot-by-10-foot dock to 25 x 25 feet, which is the maximum allowed under size and number rules at the lake.

Hudson asked the commissioners to allow more work hours for an employee to operate the lake office during the winter to allow Hud?son and his family more free time. He said someone has to be there for emergency and public needs.

The commissioners voted 3-0 to approve pay benefits to employees in two different situations.

In the first, they authorized a $150 bonus to be paid out to each employee before Christmas.

In the second, they authorized a 2 percent pay raise to employees by department based on performance.

Transfer Station and Recycling Director Bud Druse reported 411.79 tons of municipal solid waste, 31.89 tons of commercial and demolition waste, and 1.25 tons of tires collected in November with an average cost per ton for fuel, driver and tipping fees of $38.94.

Recyclables totaled 27.95 tons.

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