County planning director warns of House bill affecting wind projects

The Marion County Commis?sion met Friday, Jan. 30, in a warrant register $895,970 payday meeting.

County Clerk Carol Maggard reported $46,477 in sales tax generated in November, received by the state in December, and dispersed to the county in January.

She said the county has $462,864.01 encumbered from the 2008 budget by departments for projects and purchases.

Planning and Zoning Director Bobbi Strait reported that the Kansas Association of Counties is testifying in opposition to Kansas House Bill Number 2043 that would ?effectively strip counties and cities of their basic right to regulate land use within their jurisdictions.?

She said the bill addresses directly the use of any wind turbine or other equipment used for wind power.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said the commission should find out what can be done in the unincorporated area of Marion County regarding dilapidated structures.

Road and Bridge Director John Summerville said he will be checking the right-of-way before deciding a request by a landowner at 110th and Sunflower to square off the corner with fencing.

The commissioners agreed not to close a road at 120th and Timber as requested by Merle Leppke because it was discovered it would landlock someone.

Summerville was directed to write the City of Hillsboro a letter asking for a definite date of conclusion on its sewer project ditch along Kanza Road.

The commissioners also put him in charge of arrangements for the North Central County Commission Highway Official Association spring meeting to be held in Marion.

The commissioners awarded a bid of $11,560.70 for area road and bridge fuel to Cardie Oil of Tampa over a competitive bid of $11,724.05 from Cooperative Grain of Hillsboro for 6,550 gallons of diesel.

The commissioners received notice from the Kansas Development Finance Authority of intent to issue agricultural development revenue bonds to finance a beginning farmer, Matthew D. and Laura M. Voth, for an estimated $59,000, with increases or decreases at the request of the farmer up to $250,000.

The commissioners approved purchase of five computers at $1,378 each less $50 discount from Great Plains Computers of Marion over competitive bids of $1,265.21 without shipping charge known from Dell, and $1,396.46 from CDWG.

Two of the computers were to go to the clerk?s office, two to the sheriff?s office, and one to the Health Department.

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