County still has no mask mandate

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for payday and other business on Friday, July 31.

The meeting opened up with payday and other administrative business and the commissioners and County Clerk Tina Spencer discussed various bills for the county.

Spencer let the commissioners know that the sales tax for the month of May was received in the amount of $64,779.76.

Gehring moved to approve the grand total payday in the amount of $1,785,481.93 (including payroll at

$536,570.70). Novak seconded and the motion carried 5-0.

Marion County Engineer Bryce Goebel discussed an application for a Transportation Alternatives grant project. The project is the restoration and reconstruction of a historic limestone stone arch bridge near 310th and Wagon Wheel.

After discussion, the commissioners allowed the application to move forward, but with the

understanding that if approved the project may not receive their approval.

The commissioners discussed a mask mandate.

A resolution that would require face coverings to be worn in public and certain other situations was reviewed and discussed by the Board. Marion County Counselor Brad Jantz was present by phone for the discussion. No action was taken.

Chairman Jonah Gehring asked that the commissioners move on from the topic when it became clear that the discussion was going to continue to be a repeat discussion of other meetings on the same topic. Gehring explained that he did not want to spend time saying the same thing over and over.

Noxious Weed Assistant Director Brandy Ackman came to discuss enforcement of noxious weed law and potential force-spraying for violators. The commissioners directed the department to move forward with enforcement.

The meeting closed with Commissioner comments.

Commissioner Randy Dallke said that he thinks it is time for them to write a letter of intent in

regard to the south wind project.

Commissioner Dianne Novak mentioned that a recent moratorium proclamation by Governor Kelly may impact the project. Novak also mentioned that there are still ongoing lawsuits.

The Commissioners will meet next at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug 6 to discuss the budget.

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