City considers moving intake to police office

Staff writer

Marion City Council was receptive to Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis’ suggestion of allowing the Community Corrections’ juvenile intake office for Marion County to move to the Marion Police Office.

Mermis said space was at a premium in the office but the advantage of having juvenile intake in Marion would balance any spacial issues. Juvenile intake is currently in the old jail building. There is not any room available in the new jail building. If there was not a juvenile intake office in Marion County, it would be the officers’ responsibility to transport juveniles to Junction City.

Mermis said Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke was planning to propose to Peabody City Council housing Marion County juvenile intake at the Peabody station.

Arlie’s building

Barry Linnens, owner of Cottonwood Valley Bank, spoke to the council about a possible purchase of the building on North Roosevelt Street that was formerly Arlie’s Paint, Body, and Glass.

Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin brought up his offer of $135,000 in the last council meeting and said Linnens had increased that by $5,000. Cottonwood Valley Bank owns part of the building and all of the equipment inside of the building.

The council voted that it would not consider an offer less than $200,000 for the building; however, they approved Cottonwood Valley Bank the ability to auction the equipment from inside the building.

In other business:

  • The council approved a telephone service contract with AT&T for $12.25 a month per line for 18 phone lines.
  • The council signed a transfer of services agreement for the north half of the industrial park with Flint Hills Electric Cooperative.

 

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