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Marion City Council sets weight limit on bridge
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · May 11th, 2017

The Marion City Council met in regular session on May 4, 2017, and created a permanent embargo on the Winslow Road Bridge over Indian Creek. The Council had approved an emergency embargo on the bridge in January, but Ordinance #17-12 would create load and weight limits in a permanent embargo. The first reading of the ordinance was unanimously approved.

The Council also unanimously approved a five-year extension for the Berry Road Tower which is related to the Linn County-Wide Radio System.

Approval was given to move forward with a number of warm weather projects. Among those are the Sanitary Sewer Sliplining project (2017) which will be undertaken by Municipal Pipe Tool Co. and the Sanitary Sewer (2017) Manhole Project for which Rathje Construction submitted the accepted bid.

A hearing will be conducted at the May 18 City Council meeting to amend the current budget for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. A second hearing set for May 18 will deal with a request to purchase City property by Larry and Joan Nesset.

A resolution was considered to move money from the Capital Projects fund to the Urban Forest Fund for the purchase of a wood chipper. The resolution passed, but with a no vote from Council Member Pazour.

An ordinance was discussed dealing with the Solid Waste Ordinance and setting base monthly collection fees at $14.50 and extra bag tags at $2 apiece. This ordinance passed but received a no vote from Council Member Draper. All voted in favor of approving an affidavit with the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency for the curbside recycling program incentive.

The Uptown entity called "Art in the Alley" is to become "Uptown Artway" with a ribbon cutting to be held during the Marion Arts Festival on May 20.

A resolution was approved by all council members except Ms. Pazour to have staff proceed with a City Hall reorganization and structure. Ms. Pazour was concerned about two assistant City Manager positions proposed.

A special closed session

Council meeting was set for Monday, May 8, to conduct a City Manager performance review. Mr. Draper cast the sole no vote. At that same May 8 meeting, Ordinance #17-13 amending the Central Corridor Interim Development Overlay (Section 176.50.10) of the Marion Code of Ordinances was to receive second consideration. This would be expected to extend the ordinance an additional six months.

It was noted that a paupers' cemetery is located on the Solid Waste Agency property. Council Member Draper noted that he would like to see the cemetery fenced.

Special guests at the Council meeting included Jeff Steadman and Dennis Klinsky. They work at Marion Process Solutions and donated $1,250 to the Police Department K9 fund. Lieutenant Chad Nott recognized them for this donation.

Teacher Mark Matson and a number of Iowa BIG students - Riley Rinkenberger, Kaleb Cook, and Brady Pinter - showed a model and offered their concept design for the 7th Avenue and Indian Creek Bridge. They had researched bridge design, working with Martin Gardner Architecture. Their design included a lighted bike path across the bridge and protected sides for those using the bridge. (Iowa BIG is Iowa's Initiative Based High School.)

According to City Engineer Dan Whitlow, the City will see three other design proposals as well.

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