Marion City Commission appoints seven to eco-devo advisory board

The Marion City Commission solidified economic development policies Monday with the appointment of an advisory board and standardization of contract terms for sale of real estate in industrial parks.

Susan Cooper, development director, recommended, and the commission approved, appointment of seven persons to the Economic Development Advisory Board.

They are Mayor Eloise Mueller and Steve Wear for one-year terms, Nick Nickelson and Jack Regnier for two-year terms, and Casey Case, Rodney Richmond and Brad Seacat for three-year terms.

The commissioners voted 2-0 to appoint Alan Kruse to succeed Craig Hanson as a rural representative on the Marion City Planning Commission. Cooper said the Planning Commission includes two county residents who live within three miles of the city.

Mueller and Commissioner Larry Reiswig were at the meeting. Commissioner Jim Crofoot and City Administrator Dennis Nichols were absent.

The termination of a sale of lots at Marion Business Park to Robert and Cheryl Hartley for a proposed car wash gave impetus to approving contract terms that ensure the city always recovers administrative costs from the sale of property.

The Hartleys decided not to buy the property and will be required to pay only half the title work costs, Cooper said.

Cooper recommended future guidelines that would have a purchaser pay earnest money of $500 per contract or 10 percent of the sale price, whichever amount is greater.

In addition, Reiswig said he thought a buyer should pay for all of the title work in advance with the city reimbursing the buyer for half at closing.

The commissioners approved both recommendations 2-0.

Marty Fredrickson, street superintendent, told commissioners that according to new building codes, all new homes with basement drains are required to have a backflow device in the sewer service line to prevent sewage from entering the home in case of a plugged sewer main or pump station failure.

He asked the press to make public his recommendation that all homes with basements have the device installed because the city isn’t responsible for damages or cleanup if a basement is flooded due to sewer failure.

Fredrickson said the device can be purchased from a hardware store or plumber.

Casey Case, on behalf of Case Insurance, following an audit of the city’s workman’s compensation, presented the City of Marion with $816 in return on premium.

On another subject, Case noted that Marion Ogden and Evan Rath, his neighbors on East Nickerson Street, have both completed new concrete driveways. He suggested the city assist residents by guiding them on obtaining curbing and guttering of streets.

Case also said he thought the city should take every opportunity to commend Jack Boese for the masonry work he has been doing on building walls downtown both at a shared wall at his business, and on the Stone City refurbishment.

Harvey Sanders, utilities superintendent, reported that new underground electrical lines have been completed at the depot/library project and at Marion Tool and Die.