Letter confirms SFMO adjustment

The Marion County Commission Monday received its copy of a letter from Jennifer Flott, enforcement inspector for the State Fire Marshal?s Office.

The letter confirms SFMO?s plan of conduct for the Marion County Jail to allow up to 20 persons at 120 square feet per person, including both employees and prisoners.

Flott also confirmed the SFMO decision not to require a fire-watch team in the jail, basically affirming that such things as jail cameras and personnel on duty satisfy watch requirements.

Flott reserved the right to revisit and to inspect the jail at any time.

Transfer Station, Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste and Noxious Weed Director Rollin Schmidt told the commissioners that Stuzman Recycling at Hutchinson has confirmed that it is willing to talk to commissioners about establishing a recycling program at any time.

He and the commissioners discussed recycling programs that might work, including leaving trailers in towns to receive single-stream recyclables from residents under the control of the cities where they set.

Schmidt said if a program could be established where residents didn?t have to separate recyclables, ?this thing could blossom,? considering the public support already received.

Schmidt and the commissioners reviewed findings on cutting tires to increase acceptability at Butler County Landfill and found such a project can?t be justified economically.

Schmidt is to investigate refurbishing semi trailers used by the transfer station that have rusted through from corrosion and mechanics of solid waste hauling.

Schmidt reported 797.11 tons of waste hauled from the transfer station last month including 590.37 tons of municipal solid waste and 202.2 tons of commercial and demolition waste in 39 hauls at an average weight per load of 20.34 tons costing $37.21 a ton including fuel, driver and tipping fees.

Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa received road and bridge area fuel bids for 2,950 gallons of diesel in areas 1 and 2 for $6,845 over competitive bids totaling $6,867 from Cooperative Grain & Supplyof Hillsboro.

CG&S received the bids for areas 3 and 5 at $8,361, over competitive bids of $8,435 from Cardie.

CG&S received a $20,582 bid over a competitive bid of $20,600 bid from Cardie for road and bridge transport fuel totaling 5,500 gallons of diesel and 3,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline.

Road and Bridge Director Jim Herzen said Union Pacific Railroad plans to install cross-arms and warning lights at its intersection with Sunrise Road north of Marion.

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