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Despite objections, hours-of- operation ordinance passes
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · August 24th, 2017

The Marion City Council passed controversial Ordinance 17-18 at its regular meeting by a 5-3 vote. The ordinance was a revision of former Ordinance 13-14 and was to remove the hours of operation for property along Tower Terrace Road, east of Irish Drive and north and west of ESCO.

Comments opposing the ordinance were heard from E. Jon Tracy, Steve Point, Bob Schlegel, Wayne Tweeton and Bill Wright.

Staff members had looked over the ordinance and revised it to call for hours from 6 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. A roll call vote was called for and Ordinance 17-18 carried. Council Members Draper, Etzel, Spinks, AbouAssaly and Nicholson voted in favor; and Brandt and Pazour cast "nay" votes.

Among topics approved under the consent agenda are the setting of a public hearing on September 7 to consider a budget amendment. A second hearing for that night will deal with a request to vacate and sell an alley adjacent to 890 7th Avenue.

A resolution also approved the transfer of funds: $8,881.70 from Special Revenue to Federal Forfeiture and $334,214..01 from Special Revenue to the Employee Benefits fund.

Authors 4th Addition was accepted to be in the City of Marion.

The Safe Routes to School Plan was received and filed (MISD).

Two companies, Legacy Manufacturing and The Views Development, LLC, asked for TIF (tax increment financing).

The Bowman Meadows 5th Addition preliminary site development plan and preliminary plat were both approved (Mayor AbouAssaly abstained).

A public hearing was also held regarding public property south of 8th Avenue, north of 5th Avenue, and between 27th and 31st Streets. The vote carried, again with the Mayor's abstention.

An ordinance was approved for rezoning property north of 29th Avenue and west of 44th Street from A-1 to PD-R (planned development residential) and R-2 (medium density, single family residential). Both second and adoption votes carried (with AbouAssaly abstaining).

The council voted to direct staff to negotiate with Aspect Architecture regarding redevelopment of the library site. Pazour cast a vote against the motion and AbouAssaly abstained.

The staff was also directed to issue a request for proposals about airport design services.

Upcoming activities of interest across the community include the Marion Band Invitational (September 23, 4 to 11 p.m.), Marion Independent's Homecoming (parade is September 28, 6 to 8 p.m.), the Swamp Fox Festival (September 29 and 30), and Linn-Mar's Homecoming (parade is October 5, 4:45-6:45 p.m.).
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