Federal funds an option to rebuild area along 190th

River erosion along 190th Street about 21⁄2 miles west of Marion is threatening the integrity of the well-traveled roadway between Marion and Hillsboro.Federal funding may be available to help rebuild the road east of Old Mill Road on 190th by the Cottonwood River where possibly more than 60 feet of roadway support has been washed away.

Matt Meyerhoff, supervisory district conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told the Marion County Commis­sion at Friday’s payday meeting, that the county likely will be eligible for 80 percent funding on the project with most of the county’s 20 percent share provided by county road and bridge labor and equipment.

The three commissioners approved proceeding for funding 3-0 to repair the damage, most of which is one-eighth mile west of the river bridge.

Commissioners thanked Meyerhoff for stepping forward on the funding after he heard road and bridge leaders talking about how to proceed on repairs.

The commissioners acknowledged that 190th, as a connecting route between Marion and Hillsboro, is one of the more heavily traveled routes in the county.

Commissioners also approved Randy Svitak’s request to put an underground pipeline under Sunflower and 290th to provide water for cattle under contract with Charles Holub.

The commissioners were meeting in a $1,547,045 payday meeting with $446,929.27 designated for county payroll.

County Clerk Tina Spen­cer reported receipts from the state for $55,547.73 regular sales tax, and $48,565.72 special sales tax for jail bond construction payment.

The commissioners agreed to provide $3,000 from sales tax to pay for utilities at the county food bank building, which is a former gas station on the north side of Main Street on the east side of Marion.

Transfer Station Director Bud Druse presented alternative bids for a skid loader at the transfer station which the commissioners set aside for further deliberation.

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