Commission holds quiet but busy meeting

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for the regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 30 and also did payday business. It was a relatively quiet meeting with most of the business being paperwork.

COVID-19 Update

Marion County Health Administrator Diedre Serene was unavailable in person but sent her report via email which County Clerk Tina Spencer shared with the commissioners.

According to the update, as of Monday morning, there were 138 probable cases, 44 active cases, 2 hospitalizations and 3 deaths.

The health department sent cases over the weekend to KDHE for investigation.

Serene filled out an agreement for COVID-19 vaccinations and has received a reference number.

KDHE has recommended the health department not purchase the very cold storage units for the vaccines because it looks like the Hillsboro hospital is going to so all of the organizations are speaking and working together on it.

Serene had Spencer share a resource of the Kansas Hospital Association which has a dashboard of helpful information.

“We are in the south-central region she said,” Spencer said.

Gehring explained the dashboard a little more.

“This should show you that we have about 7 percent beds available in the south-central region. It’s just a really good dashboard to use,” said Gehring

Administrative Business

Chairman Jonah Gehring signed a record of proceedings for the Nov. 20 meeting in which the commission discussed the mask mandate issued by Governor Laura Kelly. Also included in the record was an apology that Gehring made for what he felt was an inappropriate comment.

“Monday, my last comment was beneath me –—no matter how I took it; no matter how I took the conversation going — I should have never let myself drop to that level. I was wrong. I let the emotion get the best of me for a second, and we can’t be doing that.,” said Gehring in response to a comment he made after the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Don Hodson hung up on the commissioners.

Gehring also signed the Record of Proceedings for the Nov. 23 meeting in which the commissioners voted unanimously to adopt Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-68 which establishes a face protocol.

The commissioners voted to have the courthouse re-open as usual since there is now a mask mandate in place. The departments will resume normal activity starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1 while still using partitions, social distancing and masks.

In other business, the council:

n approved payday total of $1,339,144.30

n met in executive session several times regarding employee performance and contract negotiations; no actions were taken

n approved a bid for $813.13 to purchase the old county lawnmower

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