County sales taxes revenue from state down from summer

The Marion County Commis?sion met Friday in an $866,361 paid out, payday session.

County Clerk Carol Maggard reported sales taxes received for the month from the State of Kansas at $37,374, a little down from figures that frequently have topped out at $6,000 or $7,000 higher through the summer.

She reported carryover fund balances from last year at a total of $57,817.

Maggard said it was the last working day for retiring Register of Deeds Faye Makovec.

The commissioners appointed Joan Ottensmeier temporarily to succeed Makovec until Republican committee members name a new person to the position Tuesday night in a meeting at the Marion City Auditorium.

A health department report to the commissioners outlined a $35,611 contract with Morris County for Marion County to provide health services there. The agreement included Dick?inson County in past years, but that county has withdrawn for other options.

Maggard said credit cards have arrived to be used by selective employees subject to department-head guidance as to what charges can be justified.

Commissioner Bob Hein said cards should have a $500 limit, and be used for such items as travel and lodging. Above $500, he said, charges become capital purchases.

Commission Chairman Randy Dallke was named county voting delegate to the Kansas Association of Counties.

Commissioner Dan Holub, reporting for Planning and Zoning Director Bobbi Strait, who was unable to make the meeting, said Daniel King, who operates a salvage yard west of Peabody on the Goessel Road, has asked for extension of time to meet criteria to obtain a conditional-use permit before an Oct. 1 deadline to continue operation.

Holub said without the extension, it looked unlikely that King will complete items such as completing a screening fence or planting trees, or having a survey done. His business could be turned over to the state to be closed. According to Holub, King said unfavorable weather has caused delays.

Hein said it was looking to commissioners that the weather had not been that unfavorable. He said, ?It looks like it?s just an excuse. He just wants an extension.?

Park and Lake Superinten?dent Steve Hudson said Roy Patton has asked on behalf of himself and a couple of peers to host a chili cookoff Nov. 3 at Marion County Lake with receipts used to help fund the lake fund. Participants would cook three-gallon pots of their favorite chili, enough for judging samples, and sell the public $3 servings of favorite chili.

The commissioners told Hudson, in Hein?s words, ?Sounds good, go for it.?

Dallke said he wants Hudson to check with state fish and game to see if the county needs to supplement fish stocking to keep activity high at the lake.

Commissioners and Road and Bridge Director Martin Rhodes were to look at a bridge area west of Marion on 190th to see South Cottonwood River erosion damage.

Cardie Oil Co. of Tampa was awarded a road and bridge area fuel bid to provide a total 6,550 gallons of diesel for $16,872.75 over a bid of $16,959.50 from Cooperative Grain & Supply.

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