Marion council hears plans for Brooker Park

As part of an ongoing improvement plan for Brooker Park, David Mayfield, city of Marion administrator, told councilors Monday that he plans to begin working up bid specifications for new sidewalks in the next couple of weeks.

At the Dec. 9 city council meeting, Todd Heitschmidt, chair of the park improvement committee, said his group recommended underground electrical cable to replace the above ground lines and replacing all sidewalks in the park.

The bids could go out to companies that do that type of work by the first of the year, Mayfield said, with sidewalk replacement beginning in the spring.

Mayfield also said the council will need to approve those specifications ranging from whether or not to go with 6-foot wide sidewalks or 4-foot and 6-foot wide, depending on the locations.

Currently, some sidewalks are 4-foot wide and some are 5-foot wide, Heitschmidt said at the last meeting.

Part of the reasoning for wider sidewalks would be to alleviate the tight spots when people line up for various events or to allow more room for traffic to move both ways.

The park board wanted to make its recommendation in time to allow the city sufficient leeway before spring.

The estimated cost for sidewalks and electrical was estimated at about $20,000.

The next meeting of the city?s park committee is at 4 p.m. Thursday.

In other business, the council:

l heard hat the solid waste collection fees contract with Marion County Lake residents has been inactive since 2005.

After checking costs, Mayfield explained to councilors at the Dec. 9 meeting that collection fees are at a break-even point, which means no money is being put aside in the equipment reserve fund or toward other benefits.

Councilors agreed a rate increase was needed and requested the city continue to look at all the options, but Monday it was unclear whether Steve Hudson, lake superintendent, might have already negotiated a new contract in Florence.

l approved a resolution awarding APAC Shears the contract for mill and overlay work on Cedar Street. The total cost of the project approved was $173,216, but the city?s portion is $5,220.

l awarded APAC Shears the contract for mill and overlay on Main Street. The total cost of is $129,963 of which the city will pay 25 percent, or $32,500, for the KLINK project.

The KLINK resurfacing program of the Kansas Department of Transportation assists local municipalities with maintenance of city-connecting links with the state highway system.

l approved Mayor Mary Olson?s appointment of Arlie Overton to fill the unexpired term ending July 31, 2011, on the Marion Recreation Commission.

In addition, Kym Thompson, Craig Dodd, Judy Reno and Eric Brandstedt all agreed to fill the unexpired terms ending Dec. 31 on the Marion Planning Com?mission.

l heard that all city offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25, and Friday, Jan. 1.

l heard the next meeting will beat 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, in council chambers.

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