Marion County towns working together for SEED grant



The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday and opened with information from Hillsboro City Administrator Matt Stiles. Stiles informed the commissioners that he, along with several others, is applying for the KDOC SEED grant.

“It’s for a lot of different things, but we are looking at helping grocery stores primarily. I’m trying to put everyone together so we don’t have a bunch of applications from the county since it can only be awarded once to the county,” said Stiles.

There are several items on the list from multiple towns in Marion County and this way will allow all of the places to benefit.

The commissioners thanked Stiles for his work on it and suggested a few more places. Stiles will continue working on it and will then have the proposal for the board to view and sign at their next meeting.

Gayla Ratzlaff, Coordinator for the Department of Aging gave a department update. She said that they held the annual “Retirement 101 Class” on Tuesday, Aug. 30 for individuals getting ready to retire or turn 65 this year.

“We had 15 participants from Marion. This past quarter I have done pre-retirement counseling for

Social Security and Medicare with 13 people,” said Ratzlaff.

She explained that they are gearing up for Prescription Drug Open Enrollment which begins Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

“We will once again be asking people to drop off or mail their medication list to the department. I will do the comparison and then call to set up an appointment to go over the comparison in person or over the phone. We will be sending a form out with our quarterly newsletter coming out on Sept. 27, 2022,” she said.

USDA Commodities arrive on Wednesday, Sept, 21. The next shipment will be in November.

The Farmer Market Program ends Oct. 5 in distribution of checks, but seniors can use it until the first of November.

Ratzlaff said, “We gave out 40 checks out of 40 this year.”

She explained that the department will be taking a van load to the Sunflower Senior Fair in Salina on Tuesday, Sept. 20. They will have 11 people riding in the van. Pat Henderson was chosen by the SCMC board as the Sensational Sunflower for Marion County.

The board has finalized its plans for the Annual meeting at Hillsboro Senior Center on Oct. 20. The speaker will be Derrick Doty of Manhattan, whose program includes Kansas stories and music. They

will not be honoring a specific group this year.

Ratzlaff reports 7 transportation trips for the month of September, trips were provided to three

individuals from Hillsboro to Newton and Wichita. Two individuals from Marion to Newton and Emporia. These trips were all medical appointments.

In other business, the board:

n learned about KS Mobility Management Transportation — OCCK Transportation who provides transportation for medicaid patients in Marion County for non emergency medical appointments.

n met in executive session for matters related to non-elected personnel. No action taken.

n heard EMS department update from Interim Director Chuck Kenney. Kenney is still needing to hire several positions. He reported that there is a national shortage of paramedic workers.

n met in executive session to review applications for EMS Director position.

n heard Road and Bridge updates.

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