The first of two major street improvement projects in Marion began Monday and residents will be needing to adjust their driving habits in certain areas until July.
In the most recent development, the city?s request for $168,000 in stimulus money from the state was approved. Doug Kjellin, economic development director, made the announcement at Monday?s Marion City Council meeting.
The project will be a resurfacing of Cedar Street at Kellison Avenue to U.S. Highway 56.
Meanwhile, the city is moving forward on its other resurfacing project involving Eisenhower and what is not covered in the stimulus plan on Cedar Street.
At a special council meeting March 16, a contract with Smoky Hills LLC of Salina was approved for almost $817,000 for reconstruction of Cedar and Eisenhower streets.
Barricades were in place Monday night at intersecting streets to Eisenhower.
David Mayfield, city administrator, asked the council if it would consider approving one more part to all the street improvements.
In talking with Marty Fredrickson, street department supervisor, and Harvey Sanders, public works director, Mayfield said for about $200,000, Smoky Hills LLC could mill and overlay Kellison to Sherman.
?It?s about two blocks more,? he said. ?KDOT has money available and with a supplemental application we could request the funding.?
The process, he said, would take about six to eight weeks, and bids are in place.
Dan Baldwin, city attorney, said if the councilors were to approve signing off on this, he would suggest language of no more than $250,000 for that two-block stretch.
?It would be a nice entrance into town,? said Councilor Stacey Collett.
The council authorized Mayfield to fill out the supplemental paperwork for two more blocks under the revolving loan program through the state up to $250,000.
In other business, the council:
n heard Casey Case of Case and Son Insurance of Marion present a 2009 insurance renewal recap.
The city?s premium is going up $12,764 from last year due, in large part, to a worker?s compensation line of coverage in which EMC Insurance Group paid out a large claim.
Another contributing factor involved a jump in property premium based on the ozone treatment facility of $3,000.
n passed a resolution authorizing the city to participate in the Kansas Power Pool.
n approved a resolution to appoint Mayfield as Director 1 and Sanders as 2 to serve on the board of directors with the KPP.
n was asked to talk with constituents about what to do with the $50,000 received from the Brooker Memorial Trust for the park. Mayfield and Mayor Mary Olson both suggested councilors return with ideas of how the community thinks that money should be spent.
n After a 10-minute executive session, councilors voted unanimously to enter into a class-action agreement on a civil case involving atrazine water quality. (See article, Page 1.)