Special ed co-op moving its offices into Marion facility

Marion County Special Education Cooperative is in the process of moving its offices from Florence to Marion, according to information presented at the Monday, Jan. 12 city council meeting.

Doug Kjellin, the city?s economic development director, told the council that all the utilities have been transferred from the city to the cooperative?s newly acquired building at 1500 East Lawrence.

The building formerly housed the Golden Living Center nursing home.

In addition, the council agreed to the cooperative?s $20,000 deposit with the city carrying the remaining $80,000 as a loan and at 4.5 percent interest or another $1,800.

The loan will be due in full by July 1, he said, and a lease/purchase agreement will be signed by both parties, but the deed will not be turned over to the cooperative until the building is paid in full.

The MCSEC?s new building has 23,711 square feet.

The cooperative serves children with disabilities in the county?s five school districts.

In other business the council:

n approved letter of agreement between the city of Marion and USD 408 (Marion-Florence school district) regarding shared expenses for the aquatic center as per the interlocal agreement. City Administrator David Mayfield said the agreement basically determines who will pay for what.

?We will share 50 percent of the net expenses,? he said.

n approved a Hett Construc?tion bid of $1,418 for a generator pad at the city building.

n after some discussion, approved a 3 percent pay raise for city employees with one dissenting vote from Councilor Steven Smith.

n approved Ordinance 1299 establishing the minimum hours of training required to renew a construction trade license.

Licenses approved by the city at its last meeting for 2009 included these contractors: Mel Flaming, Flaming Metal Systems; Jason Vogel, Simpson & Associates; Gerald Wiens; Dusty Hett; Dave Hett, Hett Construction; and Jake Wiebe, Wiebe Siding and Remodeling.

Licenses were approved for the following electricians: Steve Kaye, Kaye Electric Inc.; Tina Montonye, Elcon Services Inc.; Lin Slifer, LinCo Inc.; Jim Davis, Jim Davis Air Conditioning; Gilbert Suderman, Elcon Services Inc.; Harvey Sanders, Sanders Electric; Glenn Waggoner, Hedlund Electric Inc.; Jeff Ledy, Herington Heating/AC, Refrigeration (also plumbing); Rick Lowe, A&H Electrical Inc. and Jonah Gehrig, Elcon Services Inc.

Licenses were approved for the following plumbers: Anthony F. Schafers, Tony?s Plumbing (electrical); James Carr, James R. Carr Construc?tion; Merle Flaming, Flaming?s Plumbing; Karl Schaffer, Eagle Plumbing Heating & Air; Lester W. Funk, Funk?s Supply Inc.; Matthew Hiebert, Jost Plumbing, Heating & Air; Don Druse, Don?s Plumbing; Jeff Inlow, Inlow Plumbing Service; Dale Peck, Dale?s Plumbing; DuWayne Suffield, Suffield Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

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