County hears road and other project updates



The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday, May 20.

Marion County Administrator Tina Spencer gave a road projects and department update in her weekly report and said that the 290th project and 30th from Old Mill to Timber (same process as 290th) project are in progress. The department is assisting survey crews with locating cornerstones for the 290th project. Road closure is expected on 290th from May 28 to July 16.

Spencer also reported that Waverly rock is being delivered to project sites from the south shop by contract haulers and gravel requests are being filled by county crews. Asphalt overlays are tentatively scheduled for third week of July. Over 110 culverts have already been installed this year.

The Road and Bridge Department is currently soliciting bids for Local Bridge Improvement Plan – replacement of Bridge #29 at 310th and Mustang. Bid opening will be June 3 during the Commission meeting.

The Marion County Park and Lake is reporting that Blue Green Algae bloom is occurring. The lake was placed in warning status and will have testing on May 20 to confirm. Spencer reported that the Marion Reservoir is likely to be in warning status also.

Spencer also gave updates on the Transfer Station. The backhoe hydraulic pump was replaced, but the unit is still not operational. Murphy Tractor techs indicate that the unit needs transmission work. Director Josh Housman is coordinating the scheduling of that and will borrow a backhoe from the Road & Bridge department when possible. Spencer also reported that one of the push walls in the facility has been damaged by equipment.

“We will be seeking quotes for repairs,” said Spencer.

Spencer reminded commissioners that it is EMS Appreciation week.

In other business, the board:

* learned that Burns had the most significant damage in the Sunday, May 20 storms. Other towns in Marion County had minor damage.

* met in executive session for Property Acquisition Discussion

* heard budget requests from Prairieview, Inc. Chief of Staff Carla L. Mann and Marion County Core Community Director Tracey Lowe. No decisions were made.

* agreed on an MOU with Doyle Creek Watershed Joint District No. 86 regarding installing a hardened Low Water Crossing (LWC) to replace the inadequate and failing corrugated metal culvert where 80th street crossed Doyle Creek between Sections 28 and 33, Township 21 South, Range 2 East in Marion County. The LWC will be installed approximately 140 feet west of the existing culvert and will require approximately 900 feet of new channel to be constructed along with the installation of the LWC.

The purpose of the MOU was to clarify the roles and functions of each partner and establish a framework under which the responsibilities and financial obligations of the county and the district are established to minimize misunderstandings and maximize cooperation. The board also approved and signed a resolution for a permit to install the LWC.

The county will be closed on May 27 to observe Memorial Day. The next regular commission meeting will be on Tuesday, May 28 and the end-of-the-month payday meeting will be on May 31.

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