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County sets fireworks hours

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Marion County Commission approved hours for sale and discharge of commercial fireworks in rural areas Monday.

Vendors may sell fireworks with a permit from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27 through July 3, 8 a.m. to midnight July 4, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 5.

People may discharge fireworks from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27 and 28 and July 2, 3 and 5; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 29 through July 1; and 8 a.m. to midnight July 4.

Fireworks may be discharged on public property at Marion County Park and Lake but not at Marion Reservoir.

Water test fees

The commission instructed County Sanitarian Tonya Richards to create a revised fee schedule for testing well water and for other environmental health services. The increased fees are because Kansas eliminated a grant that helped pay for such services.

Commissioners said they would rather increase the fees than drop the services.

Richards told the commission that a property owner had drilled a well at the county lake without a permit; after the well was discovered, it received a permit at double the usual fee. The commission discussed whether wells should be allowed around the lake, where there is a water utility, and determined that wells were acceptable only for irrigation and watering, as policy already states.

Bluegrass event

Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson reminded the commission that Bluegrass at the Lake will be 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The concert will be free. Marion County Firefighters Association will sell concessions.

Guinness World Records confirmed receipt of documents regarding the county’s attempt to set a world record for a marshmallow roast. Hudson is waiting for the documents to be reviewed.

Hudson is waiting for results of a routine test for zebra mussels at the lake.

The county received a regularly scheduled payment of more than $18,000 from Kansas’ Communities Fisheries Assistance Program, compensating the county for not charging a fee to fish at the lake.

Hudson and the commission discussed the need to update water and electrical service in the rental trailer area at the lake.

In other business:

  • The commission requested a meeting with Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin and Streets Director Marty Fredrickson to discuss replacement of Fourth Street in front of the new jail and law enforcement center. The city estimates replacing the damaged street from Main Street to Library Street will cost $150,000 and is asking the county to pay 60 percent. Commissioner Randy Dallke said he thought 60 percent was too high.
  • County Attorney Susan Robson met with the commission in closed session for 15 minutes to discuss matters of attorney-client privilege. No action was taken.
  • The commission met in closed session for five minutes to discuss personnel issues at Commission Chairman Dan Holub’s request. No action was taken.
  • Jailer Bronson Shipman was hired at $10.25 an hour.
  • Dispatcher Jessica Parks received a raise from $11 to $12.72 per hour for completing training.
  • Nicole Reid in the county appraiser’s office received a one-year raise from $1,869 to $1,877 per month.
  • Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene received authorization to attend a four-day conference in Los Angeles along with another employee. Most of the cost, including travel, will be paid with a grant. Dallke voted against sending them because he thought they could accomplish the same thing closer to home.
  • The commission will meet with accountant Scot Loyd on July 25 and 31 and possibly Aug. 3 to work on the 2013 county budget.
  • Rollin Schmidt, director of household hazardous waste, announced that his department had received a grant of $1,807 for cabinets to store waste while waiting for it to be picked up. Schmidt estimated that by having a disposal company come only once a year, the county would save $6,000 annually.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for Monday.

Last modified June 13, 2012

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