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Drug testing should be mandatory for all road dept. employees

Staff reporter

All employees of Marion County Road and Bridge Department will be required to have random drug testing.

Acting public works director John Summerville asked Marion County Commission Monday what the reasons were that the nine employees who operated county equipment were not required to be tested. Currently only those with CDLs (commercial driver's licenses) were required to be randomly tested.

Summerville said it would cost the county $544 per month instead of $300 to have the additional workers tested.

The commission agreed and told Summerville to begin the testing.

In other business:

— Gayla Ratzlaff of Hillsboro was hired as coordinator of Marion County Department for Elderly. She will begin her duties April 21 at a salary of $2,550 per month.

— Welborn Sales of Salina had the low bid of $3,189 for metal sign posts. The bid was for 100, nine-foot, 50, 10-foot, and 100, 11-foot posts. Other bids submitted were from D&C Wholesale of El Dorado for $4,125, and National Sign Company of Ottawa for $3,948.

— Summerville asked the commission if applications were being solicited for the public works director position. The commission responded there had not been any advertising.

— A letter from the Chase County Commission indicated those members were not interested in assuming any responsibility in replacing a bridge on road that is partly in Marion County and Chase County.

— The commission reviewed an audit report from KWORC, the county's worker's compensation insurance provider. The county will be required to pay $9,981 for a bridge construction in 2007 where sub-contract workers did not have certificates of liability insurance.

— The commission approved a zoning change for Richard and Joyce Barkman of rural Hillsboro. Marion County Planning Commission reviewed the application and recommended approval.

— County appraiser Cindy Magill reported there were 213 hearings scheduled regarding property valuations which is less than two percent of the total parcel count in the county. Taxpayers still have a couple more weeks to appeal, Magill said.

— The new computer system for the appraisal department may be forced on the county a year earlier than anticipated. A schedule revealed that the county could be required to purchase and implement the new equipment as soon as 2009 instead of 2010 as previously planned. Magill said the schedule appeared to be somewhat flexible and was hoping to get it delayed until 2010.

Some counties are hiring part-time workers to help with the conversion, which would be an additional cost to the county.

— A salary change was approved for county emergency medical services director Steven Smith from $2,583 per month to $2,667.

— The commission approved the expense of a week-long training class for Smith which would allow him to teach EMT classes. The class is at Garden City and will cost $820.

— Magill requested and received a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel. The meeting reconvened with no decisions.

— Smith requested and received a 10-minute executive session for personnel. The meeting reconvened with no decisions.

— Transfer station manager and noxious weed director Rollin Schmidt requested and received a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel. The meeting reconvened with no decisions.

— Dallke requested and received a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel. The meeting reconvened with no decisions.

The next commission meeting will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse.

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