Public absent for jail discussion with commissioners

Nobody showed up at the Marion County Commission Monday to discuss concerns brought up by the jail advisory committee, but one concern was forwarded.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said a constituent from the Peabody area who owns rental houses is concerned with the idea of financing the jail with a $10 a month allocation on each home in the county.

The commissioners did like the idea of the jail committee allowing two to three-minute slots for individual commentary from the public at meetings. They also like plans to move the committee meetings around the county.

County Clerk Carol Maggard said employees are complaining about the smell in their basement break room. Some believe it?s coming from the appraiser?s office. She said it?s likely caused by mold growing in moisture caused by a water leak that since has been repaired.

The commissioners directed her to find a local contractor to pull cabinets and paneling in an effort dry out the affected area.

There?s also a leak in the top floor courtroom facilities from a seldom-used toilet. The commissioners asked Maggard to get bids for replacing it.

The commissioners voted to accept a $5,762 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the county sanitarian that has a 10 percent local sharing of $576.

The commissioners approved John Summerville?s direction to engineering consultants Cook, Flatt & Strobel to remove Marion County Bridge 226 on the Chase County line from engineering planning on the county five-year plan, and to do Bridge 75 instead.

The commissioners approved Summerville?s plans to install two culverts adequate for bus turn-around at the Lost Springs Santa Fe Trail Monument before activities there July 3.

Nancy Phil, county extension agent, told commissioners that projects such as the Walk Across Kansas program from March to May contribute greatly to public awareness for better health. Participants reported lower blood pressure, weight loss and feeling better from the 423 miles of walking required, she said.

For the full report of the county commission meeting go to hillsborofreepress.com

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