ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
Executive sessions of more than 15 minutes to discuss potential litigation and 20 minutes to discuss personnel took a large portion of the time Monday for a short Marion City Commission meeting.
City Attorney Dan Baldwin said no announcements would be made from either executive session.
The city has installed a large sign on the Batt Industrial Park advertising free lots which officials acknowledge come only with guarantees on approved building construction and planned employment.
The city officials said they have had both humorous and potentially serious inquiries since the sign went up.
The commissioners approved the utility billing tie out report for August given by Clerk Becky Makovec.
Makovec said about $116,000 in payments on utilities have come in for the current month with more than $200,000 still out, although these are close to average figures.
She said only one person’s utilities were off utilities for non-payment last month.
A future adjustment may be required for utility customers because Makovec said the city may go to a system of issuing “final notices” with seven days before shut-off instead of “past-due” bills as is done now to save city crew time in calling on delinquent customers.
Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said the valley was sprayed for mosquitoes last week, but not the hill because people don’t seem to be bothered by mosquitoes there because of the distance from water sources.