Marion city council approves budget amendments

The Marion City Council approved a 2015 budget amendment regarding the library fund and special parks fund during its Dec. 21 meeting.

The council called a public hearing prior to the vote, but no comments were made.

According to Tiffany Jeffrey, the amendment for the library fund was for pay increases and extra work done on the parking lot and sidewalks. The other amendment adjusted the budget for East Park that approved by the council in 2014.

Budget amendments are a routine tool used to keep expense lines in compliance with state statutes. The amendments cannot affect the city?s mill levy.

The council also denied a request for a conditional-use permit at 117 Billings St.

?The new zoning administrator, Clayton Garnica, and the planning commission recommended the request be denied,? Mayor Todd Heitschmidt said.

The application was submitted by Faith Rentals LLC, owned by Theron Nienstedt.

According to the planning commission, approving the request would have allowed a recreational vehicle to be parked in a vacant lot for the purpose of temporarily operating an RV park, but no date was identified on the application.

Nienstedt wanted to park a fifth-wheel RV on a lot that already has sewer and water and electric, but was in bad shape, according to the planning commission.

?He plans to fix the electric and hook it up to the RV as well as the other utilities,? the report stated. ?The RV will be occupied by a renter who is conducting work on Cindy?s Cafe. The time on site would be a few months, but (it?s) unknown how many exactly.?

The request was denied for the following reasons:

? establishment of this commercial business operation in an area designated as a low-density residential area is in conflict with the intent of city zoning regulations.

? approval of this conditional-use permit may set a precedent that is inconsistent with the planning commission?s responsibility to execute actions that were made in accordance with the city?s present and future needs.

In other business, the council approved the bylaws for the newly created Marion Parks and Recreation Board.

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