Commission conducts end of month business

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, Aug 31 rather than their usual Monday meeting in order to combine the weekly meeting with the end of the month payday meeting. After discussing payroll, the board moved on to regular business.

Agenda Approval / Administrative Business

Weed/HHW/Transfer Station/Recycle

Director Josh Houseman spoke with the board about the current tire disposal rates being charged by the County. After comparing other disposal sites, different options for tire disposal were discussed.

Commissioner Jonah Gehring moved to increase disposal prices to $3 per tire for now and all agreed. The board will review alternative disposal methods in the future at another meeting.

The board also agreed to seek applications for a CDL truck driver for the Transfer Station.

Park and Lake

Superintendent Isaac Hett and the board discussed the fact that the county’s contract with the City of Florence for trash pickup expired Aug. 1. The decision was made to renew the contract with the City of Florence for trash service at the County Lake. The County will consider seeking bids in the future.

Hett presented the idea of holding a car smash in conjunction with the annual chili feed in October. It was determined that a liability waiver would be required, as well as approval from the County’s liability carrier and Attorney Brad Jantz. The car smash was approved pending review by all but Commissioner Kent Becker who was opposed.

Hett updated the board on the safety inspection report for the dam. According to the report, several tasks were recommended for immediate action, but none were considered to be an emergency. The board agreed that the next step will be to obtain the engineer’s cost estimates for immediate necessary repairs as well as an estimate for repairing the entire backside of the dam.

Funding for repairs to the dam and possible restoration of historic sections of the Park and Lake were also discussed. Hett may proceed with applying for a Heritage Trust Fund Grant and will be looking for other grant opportunities.

Hett reported to the board that the county was not awarded the grant from the State for the heated dock project.

Road and Bridge

County Engineer Brice Goebel presented area fuel bids. Bids were received from Epp’s Service and MFA Oil. They were for Area 1-1,400 gallons, Area 2 – 1,950 gallons and Area 3 – 1,950 gallons. The bids were as follows:

Epp’s Service: 2.3250 = $3,255.00 2.4350 = $4,748.25 2.3250 = $4,533.75

MFA Oil: 2.3534 = $3,294.76 2.3234 = $4,530.63 2.3534 = $4,589.13

The decision was made to award the bid to Epp’s Service for areas 1 and 3 and to award area 2 to MFA Oil.

Goebel provided updates for current and upcoming projects. Goebel noted that Geotech is performing shallow core testing on Indigo Road. He will update the board with the results once that is done.

He asked what the County policy is regarding building and maintaining roads to new businesses in the County. The board and Goebel discussed the topic but no decisions were made.

Goebel ended his time letting the board know that he will provide several options for them to consider for the upcoming Local Bridge Improvement Plan grant application period.

In other business, the board:

n signed a proclamation declaring the month of September to be National Preparedness Month for Marion County

n heard from the Marion County Health Department that the county currently has 41 positive COVID-19 cases with one hospitalization

n learned that sales tax for the month of June for Marion County was $74,653.56.

n approved the grand total payday at $1,250,349.83 (including payroll at $543,985.13)

n reviewed and approved the WIC Agreement between KDHE and Marion County

n discussed that the Marion County Fair Board is interested in establishing itself as a 501C(3) non-profit organization. Commissioner Randy Dallke suggested that perhaps Attorney Brad Jantz might be willing to consult with them in the process. Currently the Fair Board is utilizing a Community Foundation for donations as needed.

n discussed the possibility of entering an agreement with the Fair Board for use of one of the buildings at the fairgrounds for County storage needs. Commission members plan to attend the next fair board meeting to discuss options

n met in executive session twice for personnel matters. No action was taken

n decided to advertise for the Health Department Director position that will be open in a little over a week

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