Commissioners get road update

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their regular weekly meeting on Monday and heard updates from County Engineer Brice Goebel.

Goebel suggested accepting a fuel bid from Epps, since they were the lowest, so the commissioners approved the bid.

He then said, “I was notified this morning—and I am going to double, triple and quadruple check this—I was told by our KDEM person for our FEMA reimbursement that basically everything on our federal Class 2, which would be our main roads and everything on up would not be reimbursable. Total news to me. I have absolutely no idea what is going on. First they say they are giving us federal funding, but now they say they aren’t gonna give it to us. That makes a huge difference for us not only for 2019 but for stuff we are doing now also.”

Goebel explained that the county is in worse shape now as far as locations than it was in 2019. He said the damage was worse but it was more localized. The recent flooding was spread out more.

As a result of all the damage, Goebel asked if his department should keep hauling rock and repairing road or if they should take advantage of the nice weather and blade roads. He said he thinks they would finish with rock in about six to eight weeks at the rate they are going. The commissioners agreed he should keep hauling rock.

Goebel also explained that they will spend about $48,000 in contract hauling, based on what they have lined up now.

Goebel said that in some sections of road he had “three pages of places that we need rock. It could be anywhere from one or two loads to the entire road was wiped out.”

“The water going across 230th was three-quarters of a mile long. During this flood, we had water coming out of flat wheat fields. It was just crazy,” Goebel said.

Goebel spoke about wanting to do chip sealing on many roads, as well, especially on Indigo.

Goebel mentioned being aware that some roads need to get taken care of before harvest so trucks can get in and out.

Fireworks schedule

The board set the fireworks schedule for the county for when they can be sold and set off. The times are as follows:

June 27: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

June 28: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

June 29: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

June 30: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

July 1: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

July 2: 8 a.m.-midnight

July 3: 8 a.m.-midnight

July 4: 9 a.m.-midnight

July 5: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

In other business, the board:

n heard budget requests

n met in executive sessions to discuss personnel

n heard from the county health department that there is currently one active COVID-19 case and no hospitalizations.

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