County OKs property insurance proposal

The Marion County Commission Monday approved paying $98,278 for $9.7 million in insurance coverage for damage replacement value for anything from the swimming dock at the County Lake to the courthouse itself.

Insurance agents Richard Nickel, John Balthrop and Casey Case met for the annual renewal with commissioners on what they said amounted to a 9 percent increase in values.

Nickel said that for the first time, replacement of county ambulances is included in the event they are totaled.

The agents counted 16 claims by the county in the last year.

Tony Rangel with Law Kingdon, Inc., consultant for the county on both upgrading the old jail to meet state fire marshall standards and on planning for a possible new community corrections center, brought change orders on the fire marshall upgrade to the commissioners? attention.

Commissioners Randy Dallke and Bob Hein approved the first change order of an additional $400 to add detention glazing to a hollow metal door, ?so nobody could shove a gun through it.?

Dallke said that Commissioner Dan Holub was away in Topeka to negotiate equipment price deals with the state.

The other two change orders, replacing an electric baseboard heater, and replacing hardware that was bid with heavier hardware, are delayed for approval until costs are known.

The commissioners approved paying Dusty Hett, operating under Hett Construction Company, a third payment of $6,550 on the upgrade.

Dallke told Rangel that the City of Marion hasn?t come back to the Commission yet with a determination on whether it will allow a corrections center to be built in Batt Industrial Park, or what the price for such land will be.

Dallke said a discussion with the Marion City Council had shown that body not favorable to locating the corrections center at the northeast corner of the park along Highway 56, but instead more disposed toward locating it in the southwest corner, a site that was earlier proposed.

Dallke said he would query the City Council in the next week to see what it would do.

Dallke signed papers accepting two state and federal grants on bio-terrorism for the health department, one for $8,428 and the other for $9,821.51.

After a presentation by Planning and Zoning Director Bobbi Strait, the commissioners approved a contract of $125 an hour for the firm Ruggles and Bohm to work on a new zoning map.

John Summerville, acting road and bridge director, said a recent meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel indicated Marion County won?t be eligible for much reimbursement for repairs and losses in the recent ice storm.

He said private parties won?t get anything, while FEMA may give local government agencies limited payment for efforts.

Summerville said smaller towns normally need to be advance contracted with a business for storm clean-up to receive FEMA payment on the bill because the government doesn?t want the community to be ?ripped off? by contractors coming in the wake of a disaster.

The commissioners said they will look at an iron arch bridge on the Dickinson County line built in 1915 on 370th Road east of Ramona and west of Sunflower Road that Summerville is concerned with.

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