Marion city council extends ‘Bucks for Building’

The Bucks for Building Program will be extended from Dec. 31 until Dec. 31, 2010, following action Monday, Dec. 15 by the Marion City Council.

Of the $20,000 first set aside in October 2005 for new home building, $7,000 remains.

?We have had good input for this program with 13 applicants receiving $1,000 each,? said Doug Kjellin, Marion economic development director.

The program provides money as an incentive for building, he said.

?Do people know where to find information about this program?? asked Mayor Mary Olson.

Kjellin said there are signs by Eisenhower Drive, brochures in the economic development office and information on the City of Marion Web site.

In addition, Marty Fredrickson, building and zoning inspector, makes sure to mention it when people apply for permits, he said.

In other business:

n The council thanked Kjellin for a successful basketball classic. ?I heard good comments,? Olson said. As for winners, the Berean boys and girls took first and Marion boys take second.

n Ordinance 1294 was approved, which in effect repealed ordinances 675 and 793 dealing with outdated language about coin-operated machines and billiard halls. ?Ordinance 1294,? said Dan Baldwin, city attorney, ?allows you to repeal these two old ordinances.?

n The council also approved ordinances 1295 and 1296. The first ordinance deals with vehicle towing and storage subject to the following standard.

The ordinance added a fence or wall be placed not less than 10 feet in height and providing no less than 80 percent visibility blockage around all setback boundaries.

The ordinance was recommended by the planning commission at the council?s Nov. 24 meeting.

Ordinance 1296, also recommended by the planning commission, would allow residential accessory structures exclusively for storage not to exceed 1,200 feet. Any storage structures more than 1,200 feet would require a variance by the board of zoning appeals.

Both ordinances will become effective after being published in the Marion County Record.

n The position description for the city administrator?s job was tabled until the next meeting at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 29.

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