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Marion City Council approves Capital Improvement
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · March 16th, 2017

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget were both approved by the Marion City Council at its most recent regular meeting, held on March 9, 2017, at City Hall.

The only comments made during the public hearing for the CIP was the staff report, which was made by Amanda Kaufman. Resolution 25868 approving the CIP passed, with Mayor Nick AbouAssaly abstaining and Council Member Mary Lou Pazour voting against it.

With regard to the FY 2017-2018 Budget, only two people spoke at the hearing, Conrad Ramsey in favor of it and Charles Knudtsen to ask if it includes money for the new Library project. The related resolution (#25869) passed with all council members voting for it except Pazour.

A water drainage situation near property was brought to the attention of the council at an earlier meeting. Eight property owners had requested assistance with the problem.

One of the residents, Phillip Legate, requested that reinforced paved swales be considered. Another person, Steve Carroll was concerned about additional concrete and the detention basin above Edgebrook Drive on one side.

Before Thursday's meeting, representatives from the Public Services Department had assessed the situation. Department Director Ryan Miller recommended ongoing observation and corrective maintenance.

The final reading of an ordinance to rezone property on the northeast side of the Hwy. 151/Hwy.13 intersection was tabled at the request of the developer, Water Rock LLC. That action carried and the final consideration was set for the March 23 regular meeting of the council.

Action regarding boundary changes to Precinct MR14 was removed from the agenda. Tom Treharne, Planning Director for the Coty, stated that the public hearing was published with the wrong date.

The Marion Airport Layout Plan was a source of a somewhat lengthy discussion. The related resolution to adopt the plan eventually carried, with Mayor AbouAssaly abstaining and Pazour voting against it (#25871).

All council members approved a number of TIF development agreements. The first was with Barker Financial, and others were with Ramsey's Properties and GLD Commercial. Mayor AbouAssaly abstained on the last one.

Other information about city council business can be accessed on the City of Marion website or in the legal publications area of the Marion Times.
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