Commissioners hear plans for veterans memorial at the Marion County Lake

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their weekly meeting after spending the morning in a work session.

The board spend a portion of the meeting hearing from Warren Kreutziger about a county-wide veterans memorial he and others would like to set up at the county lake.

In order to apply for grants and determine statue size and location sizes, the county will need to decide where to put the memorial. The board also discussed naming the roads to honor the memorial.

“It’s a matter of getting it legal so they [surveyors] can rely upon it and submit it for grant purposes,” said Attorney Brad Jantz.

“OK, well, let’s do it,” said Commissioner Dave Crofoot.

Kreutziger said they may want to put the names of all Marion County veterans on the memorial, but they haven’t gotten that far yet. They will plan it out more once they know what they can do.

“We just want to find a way to honor all of the veterans,” said Kreutziger.

The commissioners brainstormed various ways to honor the veterans, including bricks with names and other ways. They also mentioned tying Father Kapaun into it.

The board discussed the need for a bit of space to be able to do a decent memorial.

Marion Lake Superintendent Issac Hett was present and mentioned that there would be space at the entrance of the lake near the shelter house and lake sign where there is currently just space for parking that might be a good spot. The group brainstormed but made no decisions since there is no grant money or any set plans yet.

The board voted to have a survey done to get a spot figured out.

Park & Lake

Hett reported that the old heated dock has been pulled out. The concrete rock and tree are still there but will be next.

Hett also gave an update on the inspection of the dam, which was damaged by the flooding in June.

“Last Wednesday, we had the engineer down to look at the dam. None of it is official yet, but basically, when the slides occurred, the sediment was pushed down and is sitting in the ledge. It is gonna need to be cleared out. He said the report should be done by the end of the month at the latest,” said Hett.

According to Hett, a lady has requested to do a military memorial service at the lake in October, including a 21 gun salute.

The board discussed it and decided to have the woman fill out a special event request so that all of the proper channels are gone though and everyone, such as the sheriff’s department, is informed.

Hett said he had an issue with residents at the lake when one resident was upset with their neighbor and how the way they repaired their potholes caused flooding on their property. The board, Attorney Brad Jantz and Hett discussed it and since the property is private and not county owned it is up to the owners to handle and fix and not the responsibility of the county or their employees.

Hett ended his report with an update about the success of the Bluegrass Festival that was held at the lake a few weekends ago. Hett reported it went well in spite of rain, with over 500 wristbands sold.

In other business, the board:

n heard about a proposal from Judge Powers regarding a part-time security officer for the courthouse. The board had concerns over who would pay for the guard, as well as who would supervise the position. The board plans to meet with the District Court to come up with a plan.

n learned updates from County Engineer Brice Goebel regarding road projects.

n heard the new emergency plan from Emergency Management Director Randy Frank. The plan needs some corrections of names of people no longer working in county and city positions but is otherwise current and ready to go.

n met in executive session for personnel performance. No action was taken.

n heard a report on department business from Planning and Zoning Director Sharon Omstead.

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