Commission holds extra meeting for road closings

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met again last week on June 30 for payday and other business. They opened with two public hearings for road closings.

The first road closing was for Limestone Road to close and vacate one mile on Limestone between 80th and Kansas Highway 50. The reason given for the closure is so the landowners can pursue conservation projects to improve drainage problems. County Engineer Brice Goebel gave his support for this and the commissioners voted in favor of closure. There were no public comments.

The second hearing was for a request to close 1,500 feet on 160th, beginning 515 feet east of Sunflower and continuing to the east side of the Cottonwood River. This section of roadway has not been used for public access for many years, but no record could be found of any previous official closure. The commissioners voted in favor of closure. There were no public comments.

The Health Department updated the board on the COVID-19 Vaccination Tour they held on June 23.

Health Department RN Wanda Manickam and Office Manager Jessica Gilbert reported on the mobile vaccine clinic and how the Health Department staff utilized the command trailer purchased

with SPARK funding. They gave out 26 vaccines to people throughout the county.

The trailer traveled from town to town where the staff set up and gave out vaccines to people who wanted them. The vaccines were given out inside the trailer.

“We left town at 7 and came back that night at 7,” said Commissioner David Crofoot who traveled with the Health Department staff. “It was nice because the girls could do the paperwork on the computer in the trailers so when we got back to Marion, they were done and could go home.”

Chairman Randy Dallke said, “I just really want to thank the Health Department for thinking outside of the box with this.”

Commissioner Crofoot suggested that because the trailer was purchased with the intent of utilizing it

for public health response in addition to emergency preparedness that the Health Department logo be added, and a general Marion County logo also be added. No decision was made.

A more in-depth discussion regarding uses by other county departments will be added to a future agenda.

County Engineer Brice Goebel presented area fuel bids for review. Goebel suggested accepting bids for Areas 1 and 3 from Epp’s Service for the amounts of $3,246.60 and $4,483.05. He suggested accepting the bid for area 2 from MFA Oil for $4,665.96. The board voted and approved this.

Park and Lake Superintendent Isaac Hett and contractor Cody Nelson of Nelson Fowles LLC updated the board on the heated dock at the Marion County Lake.

Nelson presented the proposal for the reconstruction of the heated dock. The total proposed cost for the dock was $369,084.95 including bonding. The board voted to accept the proposal.

In other business, the board:

n learned that the sales tax for the month of April was received in the amount of $100,042.59.

n approved the grand total payday in the amount of $1,139,746.18 including payroll at $547,243.34.

n heard from Commissioner Dave Mueller that radio reception on the east side of the county is still problematic. Mueller said that Sheriff Craft is looking for a cost-effective solution.

n Dallke said that he would like to look into the possibility of the Santa Fe railroad clearing out debris and dirt in one section of their bridge to potentially improve poor drainage contributing to flooding in Peabody.

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