Commission holds short, uneventful meeting

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their regular weekly meeting on Monday and got through the agenda quickly.

Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator for the Department on Aging, gave a department update.

She reported that they have done seven pre-retirement counseling classes this past quarter.

“The counseling included answering questions about Medicare, prescription drug plans, supplemental

plans and Social Security. Other assistance included signing people up for Medicare, prescription

drug plans or Social Security. The department will be offering a retirement class for people getting

ready to go on Social Security or Medicare in August,” said Ratzlaff.

Ratzlaff also explained that two groups helped to distribute commodities in June and July—the Marion Happy Hustlers 4-H group and Marion volleyball team.

“Special thanks to Sharon Omstead and Marcie Hostetler for their help with commodity distribution,” said Ratzlaff.

Ratzlaff said they are working with Renae Riedy, K-State Research and Extension agent, who is offering the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Balance program at the Marion Senior Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings through the month of August.

The department had 40 farmer’s market Cchecks to distribute this summer. There are still three farmer’s markets left. The income guideline for a household of one is $1,986 and household of two, $2,686. These vouchers can be used anywhere in the State of Kansas.

“Peabody Senior Center has recovered from their flood. The SCMC July meeting was held at the senior center. They requested mill levy funds to help with their electric bill this month,” said Ratzlaff.

According to Ratzlaff, all of the TEFAP Commodity agreements have been sent in to the state. The state approved Burns and Pilsen under the county umbrella. Only a few of the sites expressed concern about the cost of having adequate insurance to cover the value of USDA Commodities in their possession in case of damage of theft.

“I informed them that if this situation arose, the county would help them out, or if they wanted to purchase additional insurance, the county would cover the cost of additional insurance coverage,” said Ratzlaff.

The Senior Citizens of Marion County (SCMC) Board met on July 16 at the Peabody Senior Center. The mill levy was approved by the SCMC Board to help Peabody Senior Center pay for their utility bill.

Ratzlaff also reported that the transportation committee met on June 8 to review second quarter monthly transportation reports. The committee discussed purchasing retractable wheelchair tie-downs in this fiscal year with the Department on Aging budget, but no decision was made. Due to the transportation committee chairman being gone on a trip for the planned Sept. 14 meeting, it was the consensus of the committee for the next meeting to be on Dec. 14.

In other business, the board:

n heard updates from County Engineer Brice Goebel on various road projects. Several are in progress and close to being wrapped up, including several of the crushed concrete road projects.

n learned that the flag pole in front of the courthouse is being repaired. The City of Marion loaned their bucket truck to enable repairs.

n discussed with County Counselor Brad Jantz the need to set some policy on certain topics, including docks and trailers at the lake, as well as other matters. The board made plans to begin working on these over the upcoming weeks and months.

n heard that there are currently four cases of COVID-19 in the county, with no hospitalizations.

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