Departments report on June flood damage

Department heads reported to the Marion County Commission Monday that they are documenting June flood damage to roads and bridges, including photographs, in Peabody, Summit and Milton Townships for Federal Emergency Management Agency relief that could amount to millions of dollars.

Emergency Management Director Michelle Abbott said damages observed include breached bridges as well as washed out roads and culverts.

Abbott, Appraiser Cindy Magill, Environmental Health Director Tonya Richards and Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt are all helping in the effort.

The commissioners continued in budget sessions with Scot Loyd, budget consultant.

In trying to keep the budget at the current mill levy, Loyd is noting many options for the commissioners such as citing a $2,529,423 road and bridge capital improvement fund that legally could have a portion of its funds transferred to the general fund. Commissioner Bob Hein noted, ?There is enough there we could easily do something.?

Loyd said the commissioners might be able to finance a $900,000 office building through bond issue at 5 percent over 10 years with annual payment of $114,000, roughly one mill a year.

Hein said he would like to see any such move done in five years, and he thinks the commissioners might have a building for less than $900,000.

A problem was noted by the department heads that new road designations developed for 911 emergency calls several years ago weren?t adapted to appraiser and deeds descriptions. The commissioners asked them to consult with the county attorney to find solutions.

Richards said she continues to deal with illegally dumped trash and junked automobiles in the county. She notifies landowners to clean it up, and tries to encourage them to do it to avoid future possible actions from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The commissioners approved a noxious weed herbicide chemicals bid for 50 gallons of Dicamba, 60 gallons of Tordon 22k and 30 gallons of Crossbow in containers for resale to landowners for $5,771.70 from Agri Producers Inc. at Tampa over competitive bids of $6,070.50 from Markley Service at Marion and $6,691.10 from Ag Service at Hillsboro.

Markley Service was awarded a bid of $1,420.80 for an additional herbicide order for 256 ounces of Escort XP over a competitive bid of $2,304.00 from Ag Service.

Cooperative Grain of Hillsboro was awarded a road and bridge transport fuel bid of $18,972.75 for 5,500 gallons of diesel and 2,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline over a competitive bid of $19,242 from Cardie Oil of Tampa.

Emergency Medical Services reported 94 ambulance runs for June, 11 from Peabody, 11 from Florence, one backup, 31 from Marion, 37 from Hillsboro and three from Tampa.

They included 21 transfers, six cardiacs, 27 medical emergency, seven standby, five motor vehicle accidents, 10 falls, 17 no transports and one 10-22.

There was one first response run from Florence and two from Goessel.

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