Marion to apply for block grant to help pay for sewer projects

The Marion City Council agreed at its July 25 meeting to apply for a 2012 Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements in the Jex, Billings and Beebes additions.

The vote came after the first public hearing adjourned with no comments.

?The city has the authority to apply for $433,625 in cash funds,? said Rose Mary Saunders, senior consultant at Ranson Financial in Wichita.

?The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, and in January 2012, we will know if we were awarded the funds,? she said.

In addition, the council approved a resolution assuring the Kansas Department of Commerce that about $165,477 would be provided for the operation and maintenance of improvements to the sewer system financed with CDBG money.

The sanitary sewer system improvements for the three additions were grandfathered in until replacement was needed, at which time, they would be brought onto the city system, Doug Kjellin, city administrator, said at the July 11 meeting.

According to a preliminary engineering report done in June 2011, there are about 816 residential and 150 commercial active waste water connections.

The systems in the three additions were installed in the 1950s and are well beyond life expectancy.

As part of the sewer collection system process, the council also approved filing an application with the Kansas Depart?ment of Health and Environ?ment for a loan under the Kansas Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund.

The second public hearing involving the project is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Related to the sewer improvement project, the council also approved a contract for engineering services with Evans, Bierly, Hutchison & Associates for the Jex, Billings and Beebes additions for the waste water collection system improvements

Other business

In other business, the council:

? approved a two-year liquor license for D& J Liquor.

? appointed Leonard Klassen to fill the unexpired term held by Bob Kelly on the housing authority board. The appointment expires Nov. 15, 2014.

? approved Standard Traffic Ordinance 1329 and the Uniform Public Offense Code Ordinance 1330.

? unanimously approved the spec building refinance lease/pur?chase between Tampa State Bank and the city. The property is a 125-foot by 80-foot all-steel building in Batt Industrial Park.

The next council meeting is planned for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8, following the second public hearing regarding the sewer-improvement project.

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