Street projects topic at Marion townhall meeting tonight

A public townhall meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Marion City Auditorium to give everyone the opportunity to ask questions or learn more about the street replacement program.

The Marion City Council learned about the event during its meeting Monday from City Administrator Roger Holter.

?We have the most current phasing chart for the project,? he said, ?and we have moved the intersections that would be impacting the school zones back to the summer timeframe.?

The reason, Holter explained, was so that the project didn?t interfere with traffic flow in those areas.

The purpose of the meeting is so that business owners, citizens or anybody impacted by the improvements can ask questions or voice concerns, he said.

?Even without school in session,? Holter said, ?there will still be pool traffic and Chief (Tyler Mermis) said he will consider J-turns in that area.?

In addition to Holter being available for questions or comments, Darin Neufeld, EBH Engineering, and Marty Fredrickson, city streets, will be there.

?Street projects take a lot of coordination from multiple parties,? Holter said, noting the U.S. Postal dropbox being moved.

The street replacement program is about a $1 million project and will target some of the worst streets in the city using a Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 with the remaining $600,000 in general obligation bonds.

?We need to talk about any concerns and work through them,? Holter said about the project.

For more information about the meeting, call 620-382-3703.

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