Commission brainstorms for Road and Bridge positions


The Marion County Board of Commissioners met on Monday for their regular weekly meeting. Most of the public meeting consisted of administrative business and regular department updates. The rest of the meeting was spent in executive session in order for the board and Counselor Brad Jantz to come up with plans to help with personnel matter in Road and Bridge. Chairman Randy Dallke was absent.

For administrative business, the board approved minutes from last week’s payroll meeting.

The board also heard a public notice from KDHE regarding proposed Kansas water pollution control permits for agricultural and related waste. This basically just stated that the plan is to issue new state permits for facilities based on sizes of herds of cattle and swine based on number and weight. The facilities will consist of open lot pens and a waste management system consisting of 2 sedimentation basins and single waste storage pond or retention control structure. The facilities have to have approved management plans on file with KDHE.

County Clerk Tina Spencer informed the board that the contractors finished up the repair work on the exterior of the courthouse that had been approved but they had found additional work that needed to be done that was not included in the bid. She said there is a need for sealing the west side of the building and there is severe deterioration of the stone on the stairways. She said work needs to be done pretty quickly especially on the north stairway. The plan is to get a proposal and a cost estimate and then a decision can be made.

Road and Bridge

County Engineer Brice Goebel gave updates on various road projects. He also expressed his frustration over his inability to get all done that he would like to because he is short on staff, especially drivers. The county has been experiencing a shortage just as there has been a national shortage and it is impacting the department greatly. The board went into several executive session to discuss Road and Bridge positions and pay structures in order to come up with a plan to help.

In other business, the board:

n- County Appraiser Nicole Reid expressed the need for more current computers for the department. Spencer let her know that there are some funds available for her to start replacing some.

n met in executive session to discuss personnel matters

n Commissioner Dave Crofoot expressed appreciation to Isaac Hett and his staff at the Marion County Park and Lake for the Chili Cook-off event they held on Saturday. He reported that there was a big turnout and the event went well.

n heard fuel bids. The bid was awarded to MFA $20, 224.74.

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