County's emergency chief resigns

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Marion County Emergency Management Director Dan D’Albini resigned in a letter county commissioners read Monday. His resignation will be effective June 20.

Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said the resignation was because D’Albini was moving out of the county.

Dallke said he would speak with Sheriff Rob Craft about what to do with the position moving forward. Based on guidelines from the state, Marion County only needs a part-time emergency management director, he said.

Later in the meeting, commissioner Roger Fleming asked Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene if any counties have the same person as their health administrator and emergency management director. Serene said she didn’t know of any, but that it was a possibility because there is some overlap.

As an example of overlap, when the county needs vaccines or medication from the strategic national stockpile, the health administrator must make a request to the emergency management director, who then makes the request to the state.

Dallke said that if no other plans are in place by June 20, he could serve as the emergency management director in an interim capacity.

Zoning regulation on building height amended

The commission approved a change in county zoning regulations regarding how the height of a building is calculated.

The change was recommended by the county planning commission after Gary and Janie Fritzler found that their plans for a house at 1 Lois Lane at the county lake were six inches too tall. With the change in how building height is calculated, the plans will be acceptable.

Spending approved

The commission approved a contract with Treanor Architects P.A. for specifications, oversight, and inspection of demolition of the old jail. Treanor was the firm that the county worked with on construction of the new jail. The contract is for $18,000.

Two outdoor water spigots for irrigation of the courthouse lawn will be added on the west side of the courthouse for $1,670. The alternative was drilling a well. Drilling would cost about $2,000, Dallke said, and that wouldn’t include the cost of a pump or other equipment.

The Health Department will purchase a trailer from Trailers ‘N’ More for $3,000. The trailer will be used to keep emergency supplies ready at a moment’s notice, Serene said. Other bids ranged from $3,170 to $5,957.

Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford received permission to look for a used tractor and boom mower to replace a unit that is breaking down. Crawford hopes to find something for less than $60,000, which he has budgeted.

The current mowing unit took five days to mow five miles of ditches recently, Crawford said.

“I’d be better off with five sheep tied to a vehicle,” he said.

Landfill contract ends Jan. 1

Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt told commissioners that the county’s five-year contract with Butler County to use their landfill is set to expire Jan. 1. If neither party opts out, the counties can continue under the same terms indefinitely. The contract requires 90 days notice.

Dallke said he had no intention to opt out of the contract or change it. He requested a meeting with Butler County Commission.

The next commission meeting will be Monday.

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