County pursuing jail costs

The Marion County Com?mission, at its Friday payday meeting, pushed ahead with planning for a new jail or community corrections center while asking Tony Rangel, architect for Law Kingdon in Wichita, to get specific with the costs of each step.

Rangel, who spoke by teleconference, also said the Kansas State Fire Marshal?s Office has approved the county?s $20,700 contract with Dustin Hett for correcting the old jail according to fire marshal requirments subject to final inspection.

Chairman Randy Dallke told Rangel the commission ?is wondering what we might expect in bills and details for drawings,? looking at either the smaller corrections centers for 24 or 48 inmate beds, or the larger for 72 beds.

Commissioner Bob Hein asked Rangel to include planning for the sheriff?s office and 911 dispatch in the 72-bed facility, the size commissioners frequently cited for a pay-to-stay corrections center to house out-of-county convicts with Marion County prisoners to pay for itself.

Commissioner Dan Holub was absent.

Rangel also was asked to look at the facilities as placed on two different sites, one by the courthouse and one in Marion?s Batt Industrial Park.

Rangel said collecting data could cost the county $20,000 to $30,000 in charges from his company, and increases to more than $75,000 for adding drawings for construction.

Staff member Tina Spen?cer, acting in the absence of County Clerk Carol Maggard, gave the payday figure at $594,280.

She said sales tax collection for the county received in August for June sales was $45,782.

The amount of encumbered funds forwarded was $58,866.

Spencer reported a communication from Jack Chappelle, consulting engineer for the old Marion County Landfill southwest of Marion, that a new testing water well required by the state has been installed, three existing wells upgraded, and a fifth well abandoned.

The commissioners voted 2-0 to use a surveyor normally employed by Chappelle to survey the new well as required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at a charge of $850.

Margo Yates, acting for the Marion Chamber of Commerce, invited the county commissioners to see the 1940s Ambassador steam locomotive with 51 soldiers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan on board, plus another 200 dignitaries that will stop at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, for a half hour at the Main Street crossing.

She also invited the commissioners to come back Sept. 19 to ride the train back to Herington, where a bus would bring them back.

In competitive bids for diesel fuel, Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro took the bid in areas 3 and 4 for 3,600 gallons for $8,811.

Cardie Oil of Tampa took the bids in areas 1 and 2 for 2,950 gallons at $7,215.70.

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