Marion city commission talks zoning

The Marion City Commission met in a very brief session Monday to approve paying bills, and hear a summary of the year’s zoning activity from Development Director Susan Cooper.

Cooper said the Martin Marietta Quarry, north of the city, which was annexed during regional landfill considerations, was issued a conditional permit to continue operations within the city.

She explained that if the company ever ceases operation, the permit will expire, also, giving the city zoning control over what happens to the land in the future.

The only major zoning changes in the past year involved two businesses on east Main Street, granting change to the both of them to rezone residential land to the north to commercial.

This enabled Hett Construction to expand and the Tampa State Bank to build a storage facility, she said.

Librarian Janet Marler said another new sidewalk as been completed at the library.

Pat Patterson asked commissioners and others to sign a petition to the Kansas Department of Transportation for increased safety measures at the Highways 77 and 50 junction because of continuing fatality accidents there.

The commissioners approved paying warrants for $21,061.39 and a payroll for $28,272.02.

Marty Fredrickson, street superintendent, reported the city crew is working on water leaks and routine street patching.

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