County commissioners to hold meeting to discuss water project at Marshall Junction

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Northern Commissioner Richard Clemens reminded those at the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday, June 6, that a meeting will be held in the commission chambers later this week regarding a proposed project at the Marshall Junction.

Clemens said a representative from U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office, along with a representative from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be present during the commission’s regular meeting on Thursday, June 8, at 9 a.m. to discuss options on getting water to the south side of Interstate 70 at the Marshall Junction.

“(We’ve heard) a lot of comments; I was surprised,” Clemens said. “Which is good and that’s what we want. We would like to have people come out and discuss it ... our commission is certainly on board to get something done out there, and we’re probably several years overdue on getting it done.”

He added that he’s spoken with several parties who are interested in developing the area, and commissioners have been working with Stan Moore, Marshall-Saline Development Corporation director, who will also be present at the meeting on Thursday.

Clemens then reported that a pre-construction meeting will be held that same day at 11 a.m. in the commission chambers. Final approval will be given for the bridge on 225th Road over Camp Creek, and the engineer, Rich Rhodes, of Rhodes Engineering Company, will be present.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Emergency Management Director Tony Day announced that he is hoping to test the new storm siren at Indian Foothills Park during the monthly siren testing Wednesday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. This siren will be the first of nine the Emergency Management Agency purchased to be installed throughout the county. The cities of Marshall, Sweet Springs and Arrow Rock will participate in the monthly test. Day also said he contacted Kansas City Power & Light in regard to providing poles for other sirens, and is waiting for a response.

The commission approved several items during the morning’s meeting, first approving a request to reserve Friday, Sept. 8, as the next date for bricks to be added to the west side of the Saline County courthouse.

“We’d like to encourage (veterans) to get on board and get a brick out here; I think that’s important,” Clemens said.

Additional items approved included a transfer of $7,946.89 to the CERF retirement fund; an addition of $11,748.06 to personal property and an abatement of $4,163.62 in real estate, for a net gain of $7,584.44; a liquor license for Stone Hedge Golf Club, 2760 Cypress Dr. in Marshall; and two liquor licenses for Last Chance Saloon, 309 S. Miller St. in Sweet Springs.

Other business included an announcement that the Saline County Sheriff’s Department will be purchasing and placing new decals on its vehicles, at an estimated cost of $200 per vehicle.

Associate Circuit Judge Hugh Harvey was present during the meeting in place of Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, who was absent due to illness.

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