Holub suffers heart attack during commission meeting

Marion County Commis?sioner Dan Holub was taken by ambulance with a possible heart attack Monday from the courthouse during a commission meeting.

The situation delayed some agenda considerations such as a discussion with the Marion City Council on possible location for a community corrections center.

During a break in the meeting just before 10 a.m., Acting Road and Bridge Director John Summerville said Holub sat down in a chair in his office complaining of shortness of breath, chest and arm pain. He said Holub asked him to call 911.

Several courthouse employees said that when ambulance personnel took Holub for transport he appeared to be unconscious and was on oxygen.

Later, workers in the county clerk?s office reported that Holub had stabilized sufficiently to transport him by land to medical services in Wichita.

Commission Chairman Bob Hein asked County Clerk Carol Maggard to cancel the Marion City Council?s scheduled appointment with the commission at 1 p.m.

Maggard said a city spokesman asked to come anyway because of the difficulty in alerting all council members not to come. Hein and Commissioner Randy Dallke agreed they would not discuss issues related to the proposed jail project without Holub.

City Administrator David Mayfield told the two commissioners that the councilors wanted to discuss where the city and county are on agreements for street maintenance on connecting routes into the city.

Hein said, ?We?re going to listen, but we aren?t going to make any decisions until Dan is here.?

Holub?s commission district includes Marion.

Mayor Mary Olson asked the commissioners to make decisions on updating a 1973 agreement on street maintenance.

Dallke said he thought the county already had spent a great deal on city connecting routes with the completion of resurfacing Third Street as part of the Sunflower Road project financed in part by the state to renovate roads damaged by detouring during U.S. Highway 77 reconstruction.

To a contention that the state had paid for that, Dallke replied the county had only received a little more than $400,000 on a project that had cost more than $700,000.

The commissioners did agree to finance half of the city maintenance on Cedar Street outside the city limits, and to discuss county help policies with all cities in the county.

City Councilor Jerry Kline said, ?I just want to go on record as saying I hope you are fair to everyone, that the other towns get treated the same as us.?

Summerville reported to commissioners earlier in the session that he had made ?a decision for you? in delaying into another year more than $700,000 in rural-secondary routes bridge construction that the state shares on an 80/20 percent cost basis.

The delay would be part of commission efforts to build up depleted funds before more construction is done.

Summerfield and the commissioners also discussed various roads in the county, which ones to gravel, which ones to leave dirt, and how either surfacing would affect various families and business.

Hein said something would have to be done to make sure residents have routes that give access.

Summerville said graveling Old Mill near 190th Road might be important for families that have to detour around flood water and for volunteers going to a new fire training center near the old county poor farm.

The commissioners agreed with Summerville that consulting engineers probably need to take core samples of the route out of Tampa to Kansas Highway 15 to see why they continually fail to establish a good road base there.

RC&D Director Bruce Wells, WRAPS Coordinator Peggy Blackman, and Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman reported on RC&D water conservation efforts and economic efforts that Wells said have benefited 72,000 residents in nine counties.

The 2-0 vote to approve a 6 percent transient guest tax, proposed by Huffman, that would collect money from people such as bed-and-breakfast guests to help finance economic development.

Huffman said it had the advantage of not raising taxes for local people. Hillsboro was exempted because it already has such a tax.

The commissioners approved a proposal from the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association to allow signs to mark every place a county road intersects with the old trail.

Steve Schmidt said the approval is necessary for $5,400 in National Park Service funding for the signs that will be matched with $7,200 worth of in-kind volunteer labor at no cost to taxpayers.

Double signs would be mounted facing both ways on wooden posts located in fence lines to minimize interference with road right-of-way or land owners.

The commissioners approved a proposal by County Appraiser Cindy Magill that taxpayers who failed to reply with required papers for tax rebates under the neighborhood revitalization program be granted one more notification by certified letter.

The letter will be sent immediately this year, but by Jan. 15 in future years to those who fail to respond to an end of December notice.

Hein said those who don?t respond to the certified letter after 30 days will be irrevocably removed from the program.

Great Plains Computers of Marion was awarded a bid of $3,192 on two computers for the appraiser?s office over a bid of $3,442 from CDWG and $3,220 from Dell.

Developers Jim and Debra Whitwell received approval at the Feb. 19 commission meeting for a lease agreement at Marion County Lake to locate five cabins north of the trailer park, to operate a cafe in the north half of the lake hall and to rent human-powered boating equipment.

Concerns expressed by the public included disturbance of the peace at the trailer homes, possible competition of the hall cafe with concessions operated by Park Director Steve Hudson as part of his pay, potential interference of the cafe with public activities and the possible encounters of canoes, kayaks and paddle boats with motorized craft.

Resignations were accepted from Eugene West as North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging board member and Wanda West as vice-president of the senior citizens of Marion County.

Sheriff Lee Becker and Emergency and Communica?tions Director Michele Abbott-Becker said Wray Roofing was called to take care of a roof leak at the communications center apparently caused by frozen snow and rain backed up in roof drains.

Abbott-Becker said a smart board acquired with Homeland Security funds will be mounted on a mobile stand and stored in the district court for availability to all departments.

The commissioners agreed to view a bridge on 110th off U.S. Highway 77 that was built by the state seven years ago for possible acceptance by the county for maintenance after a presentation by Joe Palic of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

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