Marion council approves insurance renewal

The Marion City Council approved the proposed EMC Insurance renewal presented at its meeting March 26 with a 2.6 percent increase based on the inclusion of a new trash truck and police vehicle.

City administrator Roger Holter said the new premium is about $5,000 more, but reflects the new vehicles in the proposal for a total premium estimate of about $89,500.

Jan Nolde, with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd LLC of McPherson, spoke about the 2017 audit for the year ending Dec. 31, 2017.

Nolde said there were no irregularities.

Holter said it was suggested that Tiffany Jeffrey, city clerk, attend municipal training, which is something recommended whenever a new county clerk has less than five years experience.

A complete listing of the financial statements and letters from SJHL is on the city’s website, Holter said.

In other business, the council:

◼ approved Mayor Todd Heitschmidt’s appointment of Peggy Blackman and Joyce Ford to the Marion Historical Museum board of directors. The two have replaced Gary Ewert and Garrett Varenhorst.

◼ proclaimed, along with Heitschmidt, to name April as Fair Housing Month in the city of Marion. The proclamation stated that the Civil Rights Act of 1968 declared the law of the land would now guarantee the rights of equal housing opportunities.

◼ after an executive session agreed to have the council’s attorney do whatever was necessary to protect the city’s lease-purchase agreement at 828 N. Roosevelt St.

◼ approved giving the Marion High School After-Prom Committee $100 as in the past. The purpose of the after-prom is to keep the students safe from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., said two representatives of the group.

◼ heard from Randy Collett, economic development director, regarding the success of the Water/Ways exhibit ending March 24.

“A total of 461 visitors toured the exhibit during its one-month run,” he said.

“Attendees were very complimentary about the quality of the three stories told in the exhibit.”