County to receive $1 million grant to replace missing signs

Marion County is receiving a $1 million state grant that is expected to fund replacement of missing road signs plus hazardous road signs.

In making the announcement at the Sept. 30 payday meeting of the Marion County Board of Commis?sioners, Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford said more substantial road signs will be installed that will make it more difficult for thieves to steal.

The commissioners asked Crawford to ask Unruh Trucking to pull full pup trailers behind its gravel trucks under a contract to help the county catch up on hauling gravel, noting that so far Unruh is costing twice as much as road and bridge doing the work itself.

To date, Unruh has charged road and bridge $12,309 to gravel three miles of Meridian from 100th to 130th, and for a stretch of Diamond from U.S. Highway 56 to a half-mile north of 220th in a 17-mile commitment to 370th.

Under the work agreement, Unruh Trucking also is expected to gravel six miles on Chisholm Trail from 70th to 130th, and four miles on Limestone from 330th to 370th.

The commissioners awarded a road and bridge transport fuel bid of $14,566 to Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro for 5,500 gallons of diesel and 2,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline over a competitive bid of $14,757.50 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.

They awarded an area fuel bid for 5,300 gallons of diesel of $8,881.05 to CG&S over a competitive bid of $8,937.70 from Cardie Oil.

The commissioners met in repeated executive sessions for personnel to consider a request from Crawford that Jesse Smith be promoted to an executive position in light of duties he already performs.

County Clerk Tina Spen?cer announced the total payday payout at $853,373 with $424,455 of that for county wages. She said regular sales tax received from the state in September was $57,461.94 and special jail sales tax was $50,144.52.

County Attorney Susan Robson said funds received in September from properties sold at tax sale totaled $44,000; 10 properties failed to sell and probably will be turned over to cities and townships.

The commissioners approved Robson?s purchase of a computer from Great Plains Computers of Marion for $1,100.

Transfer Station Director Bud Druse said he has received an inquiry from the Chase County commissioners as to whether Marion County might be willing to dispose of recyclables for sale in a continuing program from that county.

Commissioner Randy Dallke recommended the county try doing that for one month with Chase County first to see how well it would work.

Commission Chairman Dan Holub said Chase County would have to pay all costs, if any, for a driver, truck mileage and disposal above receipts.

The commissioners met for 10 minutes in executive session with Emergency Management Director Brandy McCarty for personnel, with no decision made when the public session resumed.