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by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · August 31st, 2017


In regards to the Tower Terrace hours of operation ordinance story I wrote last week, there needs to be some clarification addressed. My apologies on a couple of counts.

First, Addition 101 in grade school teaches that if there are seven pieces of candy, Legos, or whatever (including people), and they are divided up, if five of them are slid to one side of an area, that leaves two (not three) on the other side of the area.

The vote which was taken on the Tower Terrace first reading of Ordinance #17-18, I said it was a 5-3 vote. Actually, it was a 5-2 vote, with Council Members Draper, Etzel, Spinks, Nicholson and Mayor AbouAssaly voting in favor of the Ordinance and "nay" votes coming from Council Members Brandt and Pazour.

Second, please note that this is only the First Reading which was considered and voted upon.

There must be two more readings; the next is expected to be on September 7, 2017, at the City Council regular session meeting.

History

The history of Ordinance #13-14 shows that a request was made by Mooney Engle Land Company, LLC, to amend the Marion Code of Ordinances to rezone property along Tower Terrace Rd., between 10th St. and Alburnett Rd., from PD-C (Planned Development Commercial) to C-3 (General Commercial). Ordinance #13-14 was passed and approved on July 11, 2013. The property was described in legal language on that document.

Snooks Bouska was the mayor at the time, Wesley A. Nelson was the City Clerk and Tim Mooney's signature is shown as the petitioner who accepted the changes reflected on Ordinance #13-14.

At that time, Part K stated under Hours of Operation: "Businesses shall not be open to the public between the hours of 11:00PM and 6:00AM unless approved by Conditional Use."

Ordinance #17-18, if approved, will extend the hours of operation to 6 a.m. to midnight from Sunday through Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays.

Comment from Resident

Charles Knudsen is to be thanked for alerting us at the Marion Times that the hours of operation ordinance is not a "done deal" and still has two more readings "for the ordinance to become a law unless rules are suspended and a vote taken that results in less than three votes on an issue." [Mr. Knudsen email]

Knudsen also stated his opinion that "The Council to [sic] often tends to use the suspending of rules to quickly push items through before citizens are given time to fully understand and react to what the council does."

We apologize to our readers. He is right in saying that the way the story was written, it could be construed to indicate that the issue was "a done deal." It is not yet. Knudsen also suggested that "If the citizens of the area were to go door to door and get a petition signed by their neighbors, it could potentially sway the Council to vote differently the next time they vote on this issue."

Thank you for catching the error and sharing it with us.
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