Marion council approves condemnation resolution

The Marion City Council approved a condemnation resolution at 714 Sherman, and discussed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Firm map appeal process at its meeting July 31.

Marty Fredricksen, building inspector, recommended the house on Sherman be razed and the lot leveled to mowing conditions.

“There have been no repairs done to this property to comply with city code since the original inspection on Jan. 31,” he said.

In February, he said, the owners were notified that the structure was unsafe and dangerous, but nothing was done to the property.

Fredricksen said in April, the city had a hearing and a mutual agreement was reached with Deliliah Belshe, property owner.

In the property repair order, the city directed Belshe to complete all repairs on or before July 19.

Based on the agreement, and because repairs weren’t completed, the city is enforcing its order.

Council members also reviewed the proposed flood hazard determinations for Marion County and incorporated areas through FEMA.

The flood hazard determinations are the basis for the flood plain management measures a community is required to adopt or show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify in the National Flood Insurance Program.

A statutory 90-day period is provided for appeals, along with a complete list of the communities affected and the locations where copies of the FIRM can be reviewed.

The council went into a 12-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters which was added to the end of the meeting. No action was taken after the session.