Kjellin selected as Marion’s new economic development director

Doug Kjellin was unanimously named the new economic development director Monday by the Marion City Council after 25 minutes in executive session.

Kjellin?s selection was the result of a lengthy process by committee and interview to find a successor for Jami Williams.

He is a Marion native, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kjellin, both now deceased, who farmed east of Marion. He said he and his family are living in the city temporarily, but expect to move to the family farm after some home remodeling.

Mayor Mary Olson said Kjellin?s salary will be $46,000 annually, and he was to begin work Tuesday morning.

Marty Fredrickson, building inspector, planning and zoning director, and street superintendent, said a permit for a 1,600 square foot accessory building has been approved for Danny Snelling at 508 Walnut.

At Fredrickson?s request, the Council approved preparation of public hearing notice by City Attorney Dan Baldwin that could lead to city demolition of a house at 201 N. Freeborn unless it is improved to habitable quality.

Fredrickson said there are complaints that children could be injured by entering the house, and that a rodent problem is developing.

Fredrickson said the city crew will be blading and graveling alleys where needed. He said soft bulges in city streets caused by moisture penetration are scheduled for repair.

He also expected to put in a sidewalk in front of the the ballpark restrooms soon.

The council approved taking a half-page advertisement for $175 in the program for the Hal Ripkin Baseball Tournament to be held in town.

In conversation with County Commissioner Dan Holub, the council agreed to have Baldwin provide an agreement for county purchase at $80,000 of four lots for a county jail, subject to voter bond tax approval in the November general election.

Holub said the community corrections center proposed with pay-for-stay prisoners could employ another 10 to 15 people in the area.

City Administrator David Mayfield and Baldwin are working on city building codes and required materials for building contractors that they said could help Fredrickson make sure construction is done correctly in the first place.

Olson said she was very pleased that Marion Die and Fixture received the OSHA SHARP safety award, ?actually kind of amazing when we learned that only about 1,000 of 8 million some candidates nationally have ever received it.?

More from Hillsboro Free Press
Farmers must become educators, too
COMMENTARY A successful farmer said it best when he talked to me...
Read More