Marion County reimbursed $41,803 spent on flooding expenses in 2015

Emergency Management Director Randy Frank told Marion County commissioners Monday that the county will receive $41,803?80 percent of emergency flooding expenses?for last year from federal transportation funds.

This is a reimbursement for money the county already has spent, he said.

The commissioners pointed out that since the funds aren?t budgeted, the money may be included in the general fund next year.

The commissioners went into a 10-minute executive session with Frank regarding personnel.

The commissioners approved a bid for road-and-bridge road signs in a newly created cost-sharing basis with Menno Township.

The bid, subject to the company meeting all specifications, was from National Sign Co. for $25,090 approved over a competitive bid of $28,971 from a wholesaler in Pretty Prairie.

Joyce Stockman, executive director of Mid-Kansas Community Action Program, asked commissioners to continue to help a program that can combine with private contributions for transitional housing for persons working into new employment from personal problems.

The program can enable such persons to purchase their dwelling as their economic situation improves, she said.

Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene presented a list of annual grant applications her department will submit. She then went into executive session with commissioners for 10 minutes.

Noxious Weed Director Bud Druse reported that he will investigate a personal GPS system that can record where the department has treated noxious weeds, thus eliminating significant paperwork.

After going into two executive session for personnel totaling 20, the commissioners announced that Tonya Richards, former planning, zoning and environmental health director, has agreed to return to Marion County from new employment in Topeka to work 40 hours a month in her former position at $40 an hour.

Commissioners agreed the move was necessary to enable citizens to move ahead with projects until a new director is hired.

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