Commission addresses roads

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for the regular meeting and as usual, the main topic was roads in Marion County.

County Engineer Brice Goebel opened up the roads portion of the meeting answering public questions about a road that was part of a bus route. Goebel wasn’t sure what all had been done on the road, but he said he would look into it.

The commissioners and Goebel discussed the need for getting more complete sections of roads done rather than “just patches here and there”.

Goebel mentioned a road paver tracker available through the Star Program that tracks when roads are bladed and other improvements so that records can be kept.

“I thought we was [SIC] on the Star program,” said Commissioner Randy Dallke.

“We are, but this is in addition to what we are doing. I’m going to do some investigating into it. I’ve heard its worth it’s weight in gold,” said Goebel.

The commissioners encouraged Goebel to look into it.

Goebel informed the commissioners that he spoke with Bryan of Asphalt Paving and Maintenance, the company that has the contract to crush the existing concrete for the country.

Goebel explained that “Crushed concrete is located in three locations in Marion County. That is the material that needs to be completed. This material will be used on all roads in Marion County.”

The contract with the company is set to end July 1. Goebel discussed the idea of a $1500 daily fee for each day after the July 1 deadline. The $1500 is paid to the county for extra costs the county may incur if the contract is not done.

The commissioners and Goebel discussed paying the company $50,000 partial payment on the contract.

“He wants to finish. He didn’t plan on running into all these problems,” said Goebel.

“And at this point, we are only paying for product. We just pay for what gets finished,” said Commissioner Jonah Gehring.

The commissioners agreed to give the partial payment of $50,000.

While discussing the road repairs on Yarrow from the previous week Gehring suggested having magnets on the graders normally to pick up nails and other items off the roads.

“Well, we could but then it’s just one more thing for the guys to be watching. Now on top of taking care of the road, they have to watch the magnets and everything else,” said Goebel.

Park & Lake Dept

Isaac Hett, Marion Lake and Park Superintendent, said he had people ask him about doing a firework show at the lake so a show is being planned for July 3. Hett stated that he thought the July 3 date would help avoid all of the other county firework shows. The plan would be to have a local band play and have some fireworks.

The commissioners voted to approved the event.

Hett said he was approached by someone wanting to dock their pontoon boat at the lake and then rent it out to people on the weekends.

“He would pay us per 24 hours to dock it at our heated dock when it wasn’t rented out,” said Hett.

“What if they threw a big ol’ party on it or something?” said Dallke.

The commissioners and County Attorney Brad Janz discussed that it would be different if the person rented the boat out and renters bring the boat in or if they rent it off a private dock. But renting it off of a public dock brings up questions of liability.

It was decided to not allow any rentals off of the heated dock.

In other business, the board:

n met in executive sessions to discuss personnel

n learned there are five active COVID-19 positive cases and zero hospitalizations.

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