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County re-zones, plats subdivision

County negotiating road repairs with pipeline company

Staff writer

Re-zoning and platting a subdivision in rural Marion County took a lot of work from a lot of people, Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards said Monday.

Larry Landsberk and several family members had joint ownership of a quarter section at 2871 230th Road, and they wanted separate deeds they could pass on to their children. The process of dividing the land began in 2008.

There are two full-time residences and one recreational home at the site, and the family discovered that the houses were too close together to divide the property without rezoning it to suburban residential, and because more than one lot was being separated it had to be subdivided and platted.

Marion County Planning Commission recommended rezoning and platting the land. County commissioners approved the recommendations Monday.

Richards said the new subdivision, named Spring Creek Valley, was her first as planning and zoning director.

In other business:

  • Leveling followed by a 2-inch overlay will be needed to fix Remington Road between U.S. 56 and 290th Road, Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Herzet said. He is negotiating with Keystone Pipeline representatives about the amount of the company’s bond be spent to repair the road. The company posted a bond to help repair damage caused by increased traffic on county roads due to pipeline construction. Commissioner Dan Holub said the road is so bad in places that cars have suffered undercarriage damage.
  • Herzet will contact USD 398 Superintendent Rex Watson about putting gravel on a road. Less than one-half of a mile of gravel would save district buses a six-mile detour during wet weather.
  • Commission Chairman Randy Dallke requested the commission meet in closed session for 15 minutes to discuss land acquisition. No action was taken on return to open session.
  • A non-portable cabin will not be allowed in the trailer court portion of Marion County Park and Lake. Dallke said he would be open to revisiting the issue in the future.
  • Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson reported that bridge planks to replace park benches at the park would cost $73 for 10-foot planks. The park has 50 benches to replace, including some 20-foot benches. Commissioners instructed him to investigate prices for composite benches and whether it would affect the park’s historic status.
  • Kansas County Appraisers Association requested $1,212 to make changes to new appraisal software. Commissioners approved the request.
  • The appraiser’s office will purchase a server for $2,700 from Great Plains Computers and Networking of Marion to replace a 10-year-old unit, contingent on the new server having an adequate warranty. Another business had ordered the server but canceled the order, County Appraiser Cindy Magill said. Otherwise the server would have cost about $3,600.
  • Kansas Workers Risk Cooperative for Counties representatives Carl Eyman and Philip J. Rippee said the county’s claims have been fairly low the past three years. However, a recent Kansas Supreme Court decision will hurt workers’ compensation providers. They also said they would prepare a safety class for Road and Bridge Department, which has the most claims in the county because of its large number of employees and nature of its work.

The next commission meeting will be Monday

Last modified Sept. 15, 2010

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