County commission discusses bridges and docks

There will be a new bridge going in south of Hillsboro.

The County voted 5-0 to spend approximately $120 to $130,000 to put a bridge across the Cottonwood river south of 170th St along Goldenrod Road in Marion County.

The bridge would be 24 feet wide and 70 feet long. 
The project is expected to cost $267,000 plus the concrete cost. 
County engineer Brice Goebel said that the federal government will kick in $150,000 for a grant.

The project should be completed this year.

On the county road front, the county commission will consider the vacation of two sections of roads.

One road will be a section of 310th in the south of the county from Chisholm to Bison. The other will be in the north of the county from Diamond to Eagle.

The Marion County Commission discussed a perceived dock shortage at the Marion County Lake. There’s apparently a 30-person waiting list for private dock space according to discussion at the meeting.

I know I do have a lot of people interested in adding docks to the lake,” Isaac Hett, Park Superintendent said.

The commission didn’t take a stance, though it was suggested that Kansas State University be contacted for more information to learn how many docks were fitting for the lake.

County Commission chair Randy Dallke said that he understood many people wanted to be able to see the lake, not just docks.

In other lake news, the lake will be closed to the public to host a crappie fishing tournament at the lake Sept. 18. The tournament will last from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be open to anyone who wishes to try their hand at crappie fishing.

Finally the Commission received an update on COVID-19 cases in the county. There are four active cases and three residents remain hospitalized. Percent positive tested in the last week was 4.7 percent.

The county has also completed its phase 2 dosing of vaccinations and is moving on to phase 3.

According to the state health department, 264.5 people out of every 1,000 Marion County residents have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

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