12/17/13 The Marshall County Commissioners had a full agenda for their meeting on Monday. They approved the request of County Recorder Marlene Mahler to purchase a new large scale scanner for her office. Two quotes were submitted and the Commissioners approved the bid of Information Records at $12,675. Although their bid was $400 higher than that of Priority Engineering, Information Records has loaned parts to keep the current machine working. If they purchased a scanner from another company the county would have to pay $4,200 for the parts and labor, if they purchased a new machine from them there would be no charge. The Commissioners approved the quote of Information Records.
County Plan Director Ralph Booker brought-forth the idea of creating a County Transportation Committee to look at the new US 31 proposed phase II. He said Fulton County has completed their preliminary study and presented copies of it for the commissioner to review. He also presented his recommendation for membership of the committee. Because the proposed road would include parts of the Plymouth, Argos and County Zoning District his recommendation includes 18 governmental entities.
County Commissioner Kevin Overmyer said the creation of a Transportation Committee would be a function of the commissioners. He also noted that they will wait until after the first of the year to take an in-depth look at the possibility. This timing will also allow the commissioners to review the preliminary plan of Fulton County.
Marshall County will join with Plymouth and Bourbon to submit an application for a federal Brownfield Grant to look for possible contaminated sites in the communities. The three entities had previously tried for the grant and were unsuccessful.
EPA’s Brownfield Program provides direct funding for Brownfield assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, and environmental job training. To facilitate the leveraging of public resources, the suggestion of joining communities should elevate the possibility of being successful.
The Commissioners passed a resolution to move forward with the grant submission and will send a letter of support to Mayor Mark Senter because the city will be the lead on the grant.