Swim beaches closed for July 4

Swimming beaches will be closed, but boating at Marion Reservoir will continue for the Fourth of July holiday under Corps of Engineers guidelines for blue-green algae infestation.

Tonya Richards, the county?s environmental health director, updated Marion County commissioners of the situation during their Friday payday session.

County Clerk Tina Spencer said the county?s portion of regular sales tax received from the state in June for collections from April was $50,364; the special sales tax designated for the jail bond totaled $44,289.

District Judge Michael Powers and Court Admini?strator Cecil Aska, along with other department representatives, appeared before the commissioners to ask for a $13,500 increase in the 2014 budget.

Powers assured the commissioners the increase in funding is needed, saying, ?I think I am required not to do disingenuous bloated budgeting.?

Powers said the department would like a bullet-proof glass with a window to serve customers in the office of the district court clerk.

The county received a request from the state for a $1,000 contribution for placing Marion County on a 15-by-30-foot marble floor mat at the visitors? entrance inside the capitol building in Topeka.

Commissioner Dan Holub suggested that public-minded organizations might want to consider fundraising events for the county?s contribution.

While discussing placement of recycling waste bins in county towns, Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said he would favor consideration of a more elaborate system of recycling bins in county communities that would be machine loaded to reduce hand labor both in collections and at the transfer station.

The commissioners awarded a road and bridge area fuel bid of $16,055.60 for 5,300 gallons of diesel to Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa over a competitive bid of $16,059 from Cooperative Grain & Supply in Hillsboro.

They noted that the $3.40 difference in bids may be the smallest ever for an area fuel bid.

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