County to provide funds for eco-devo committee work

The Marion County Board of Commissioners is going to help the new county Economic Develop­ment Committee with $30 to $50 in pay for a records keeper and perhaps with $4,000 to $8,000 in legal fees to recruit new businesses.

The committee has chosen Elissa Dodd of Marion as record-keeper.

Chris Hernandez, committee chair, told the commissioners at the Aug. 31 payday meeting that Garden City also is helping the county-wide committee to move ahead with proven programs, thus avoiding many of the pitfalls Garden City learned through trial and error.

Hernandez, speaking with several other committee members and interested parties present, said the committee is moving forward with new ideas and an unprecedented lack of commitment to past problems.

Commissioner Lori Lalouette said she is excited by the committee’s new commitment and beginning links to move forward.

The commissioners were meeting in a $1,101,448 payout meeting with $454,818 of that amount for county payroll.

County Clerk Tina Spen­cer said regular county sales tax collected by merchants in June for dispersal by the state to the counties in August was $57,139, and the special jail bond payment sales tax was $49,936.

The commissioners approved construction of a fence between a building currently used and the old Florence school that will be demolished by Delinger Fence Co. of Salina for $2,500.

Commissioner Dan Holub called upon the public to respect the boundary of the fence because the remains of the school are likely to be extremely hazardous.

The commissioners noted the school is likely to be a source of bricks to put on stream beds for erosion control.

Motorists and county road and bridge crew have noticed sagging of 190th because of washout along the Cottonwood River. Road and Bridge director Jesse Hamm said the hard-surface route between Marion and Hills­boro is closed as a result for reconstruction.

County Attorney Susan Robson met with the commissioners 15 minutes in executive session for attorney-client privilege.

Economic Development director Teresa Huffman outlined publications in which Marion County has been promoted through advertising.