Public has no comment on Marion’s 2005 city budget

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
The Marion City Commission met Monday, first in 2005 budget hearing and then in regular session.

The meeting was so brief and uneventful that the high point of the evening may have been Harvey Sanders’ comment that he didn’t know if mosquito spraying had killed any of the insects, “but we made’em mad, I know.”

Sanders, the city’s public works director, was reporting that the city crew had sprayed again for mosquitoes last week.

Mayor Martin Tice called the budget hearing in session, asking for any comments and questions. He received none, a situation Commissioner Jim Crofoot said has become “typical” from year to year.

City Administrator David Mayfield announced he and City Clerk Linda Holub would meet with the Marion Recreation Commission Wednesday to discuss the group’s 2005 budget.

He said he and City Attorney Dan Baldwin would meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday with community landlords to discuss utility billing when tenants don’t pay. Mayfield said he expected results of the meeting to be used in developing a city ordinance.

The commissioners approved the July utility billing tieout and the 2005 budget.

They approved paying warrants for $228,196 and payroll for $30,191. The warrants included bond payments for debt service for $26,159 and $75,324.

They also included electrical power purchase from Westar for $90,297.

The meeting concluded in a 15-minute executive session with Holub for attorney-client privilege. No action was taken in public session.

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