Owners of unliveable homes cooperative at Marion

The Marion City Commission found owners of properties facing potential condemnation because of unliveable homes as cooperative, with one of them represented by Building Inspector Marty Fredrickson at Monday’s meeting.

Fredrickson said the owner of a house at 501 N. Roosevelt had asked him to tell commissioners that the home is uninhabitable because of damages done by past renters. He asked for 120 days to have the house removed.

City Attorney Dan Baldwin advised the commissioners to accept the offer by resolution, and have the owner sign it after some indication from Fredrickson of reasons the home should be condemned.

Fredrickson said after long vacancy, the potential functioning of water, heating and electrical systems in the home is unknown, and it has water damage to ceiling and roof. He said neighbors also report invasion by skunks and rats.

Mayor Martin Tice and Commissioner Jim Crofoot voted to accept the offer 2-0.

Fredrickson said the owner of another home facing possible condemnation, 211 North Freeborn, has met all requirements to make it habitable again.

Tice offered condolences to both Commissioner Max Hayen and City Administrator David Mayfield who were absent due to deaths in their families.

Tice tabled a discussion of the three-mile zoning radius of city limits until their return.

Crofoot reported on reassurances of aid for repair of Third Street from the state (see the county commission story for more information).

The commissioners approved the quarterly financial statement, the September financial statement and the September investment and collateral report.

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