Building permits in Marion down by 45 percent from a year ago

Building permits issued in Marion were down to 37 for 2003 compared to 69 a year ago, Marty Fredrickson, building inspector and street superintendent, told the Marion City Commission Monday.

Included in that total were four new homes built at a value of more than $300,000, he said.

Fredrickson also announced selections of Ralph Kreutziger and Dan Crumrine to join Sally Hannaford and Roger Schwab on the planning board, and of Kreutziger to join Leland Heidebrecht on the zoning appeals board.

The commission thanked Phyllis Melton and family for their $1,000 donation toward construction of a memorial wall in city park.

City Administrator David Mayfield said donations have come in for more than half of the $5,000 required for the wall, “and we’d be happy to receive more donations.”

Commissioners approved a December utility billing tie out given by Becky Makovec, utility billing clerk, in which Makovec reported that 265 Marion residents received $10 each electricity credits for displaying Christmas lights.

The commission repealed outdated ordinances 1062 and 1093 dealing with employee pay and vacation, the latest versions done in the early 1980s, because they were replaced with personnel policies and procedures passed in 2003.

The commissioners passed a standard resolution for reporting to the state waiving use of generally accepted accounting principles in financial statements and reports in order to use cash basis and budget laws.

Mayfield said he has been participating in efforts by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to a appoint an economic task force that might result in appointment of a county economic director-all designed to bring more economic development to the county.

Mayfield urged that the city maintain representation on the task force.

Marion County Transfer Station Manager David Brazil notified the city that the station will still accept up to one cubic yard of commercial and demolition waste from a single customer through the city, but for larger quantities, Mayfield said, Brazil will require delivery and payment by the customer.

Mayfield said that, as a result of this policy and a policy that the transfer station won’t accept yard waste, the city won’t pick up C&D waste of more than a yard or any yard waste.

He said the transfer station still will allow for the volume of city-wide clean-up weeks.

The commission met in executive session for 20 minutes to discuss personnel.

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