Fire chiefs say schedule controversy is doused

Ben Steketee of Hillsboro, Lester Kaiser of Lincolnville, and Mike Regnier of Marion, fire chiefs representing the Marion County Fire Chiefs’ Association, told commissioners their group met with city of Florence representatives to discuss conflicting Labor Day celebrations.

The firefighters host the celebration at Marion County Lake while Florence has a traditional celebration of long standing.

Steketee said the two groups have agreed to hold celebrations complete with conflicts this year, but to make sure to coordinate in future years.

Commission Chairman Bob Hein said he thought the county should continue to stockpile sand for road material at its south shop even though John Summerville, acting road and bridge director, said the delivered price of sand at $10.50 a ton is up $3.50 from last year.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said some patrons are willing to pay extra for the sand to help settle dust in front of their homes while others have health issues with dust from gravel.

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