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February 23 City Council meeting notes
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · March 2nd, 2017

A number of citizens made comments or presentations. Phillip Legate requested the City work on the erosion issue at the back of his property. The Council voted to receive and file correspondence from Legate and seven other property owners in that area.

 Charley Knudsen requested clarification about the financing for the proposed new City Library. City Manager Lon Pluckhahn noted that the estimated cost for the project is $12.195 million, with $5.04 million from local option sales taxes, $2 million from the Marion Library foundation fundraising campaign, and $2.5 million from the sale of the current facility.

Eve Ramsey asked the City to put a cover on the bus stop near the Azure Apartments.

In other business, the Council approved purchasing prairie grass seed mixes at a cost of up to $24,000 for the Lowe Park South End Improvements.

A public hearing will take place on March 9 at the regular Council meeting concerning amending the Code of Ordinances with regard to precinct MR14 boundary descriptions. Precinct 14 currently is in the area near Boyson, Geode, 29th Ave., Alburnett Rd., and Robins Rd.

The Council voted to receive and file correspondence from Joe Stutler regarding the city's official position regarding House Study Bill 92.

A request for TIF (tax increment financing) passed with Mayor AbouAssaly's abstention.

A number of hearings were held. One was with regard to the 2017 Ramp Repair Project to meet ADA requirements. Hunt Construction received the contract for the work ($79, 452).

Ordinance #17-04 received a second reading and is about amending and rezoning property east of Hwy. 13 and north of Hwy. 151 from C-3 (general commercial) to PD-S (planned development, special). Cherokee Drive borders the east side of the area.

Proposed use of the space includes a gas station on Hwy. 13 near Hennessey, a bank, a hotel, event space, two residential buildings, a restaurant and a number of commercial spaces.

Property north of Hwy. 100 and along 44th St. was the topic of another public hearing. No comments were made, and the annexation resolution was approved.

Yet another hearing was held with regard to the proposed plan offered by Scenic Development for a community on Alburnett Road which will have 50 independent living units, 34 assisted living units, and 40 skilled nursing units. After the hearing closed, the proposed plan was adopted.

Following other hearings, development agreements were approved with Restoration Dental, Emerson Mattress and Arnold Property Group (GameOn).

In addition, the recommendation from the LOST (local option sales tax) committee was approved. It moves funding allocated for the Tower Terrace Road project in FY 18-19 to FY16-17. The funding amounts to $275,000.

Please note: The work session on March 7 will begin at 3 p.m. to allow time for discussion of the proposed Capital Improvement Program.
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