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City Council meeting reflects anticipated actions
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · April 13th, 2017

Marion's City Council members met in regular session on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The actions which were mentioned in last week's Times were indeed ones which took place at the session.

Boy Scout Troop #360, sponsored by Faith Lutheran Church of Marion, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the Council meeting.

In citizens' comments, Scott Foens announced that he will run for the State Representative position currently held by Ken Rizer. Charley Knudsen requested that the speed limit be lowered in the area of the 26th Street and 7th Avenue roundabout.

A resolution was passed adopting the final assessment schedule for FY2017 Quarter 4 delinquent fees and also confirming and levying the assessments.

Eight replacement garage doors will be purchased from Raynor and installed at Fire Station #2. The cost is $23,160.

A number of resolutions concerning the 2017 sanitary sewer sliplining project were included and passed in the consent agenda, as were motions regarding the 2017 HMA resurfacing project. The 2017 sanitary sewer manhole project steps were also part of the consent agenda.

A conditional use permit will allow honeybee hives on property at 931/935 Central Avenue.

Two public hearings are scheduled for April 20. One is about a request to purchase a vacated alley and the other is about a request to vacate an alley.

The Marion Historical Society is now the designated official caretaker and repository of the City of Marion's Heritage Artifacts.

A resolution showing support for the Wyland Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation was also among items on the consent agenda. (See related story in this issue.)

A hearing will be held on May 4 regarding a request to vacate the west 50 feet of Indian Creek Road. Mayor AbouAssaly abstained; the rest of the council approved this item (except for Spinks who was absent).

A public hearing was held pertaining to amending Chapter 3 (Boundaries) of the Marion Code of Ordinances pertaining to precinct MR14 boundary descriptions. Tom Treharne, Planning and Development Director presented the staff report and no other comments were presented. The first reading of the related ordinance (#17-07) was approved by all council members present.

Council members in attendance also approved the Winslow Road right of way acquisition plat which extends north of Tower Terrace Road to south of Settlers Drive.

TIF financing was approved regarding the 151/13 Development and LimoLink. With regard to the 151/13 development, workforce housing tax credits were approved, with Mayor AbouAssaly abstaining. He also abstained on a motion to approve the purchase of property at 3025 by Beaver Point, LLC, while the other council members approved the motion.

Mayor AbouAssaly also abstained from a vote which establishes a Marion Municipal Airport Committee. The measure passed with yes votes from the other council members in attendance.

Department head pay for performance recommendations were received and filed. The related motion passed with Pazour voting against it.

The following appointments were approved: Brooke Prouty, Uptown Marion Program Director, and Amy Hussel, Park Board.

A closed session was held regarding land acquisition. Mayor AbouAssaly did not attend.
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