Marion council delays action to remove dilapidated houses

The Marion City Council postponed taking action on properties in major disrepair within the community after learning the city attorney would be unavailable to discuss the matter at the Monday, June 28, meeting.

Another issue that was postponed until the council?s July 12 meeting involved a crosswalk and signage at Lawrence and Cedar streets.

Mayor Mary Olson said the safety of children should be a priority and the crosswalk and signage at that intersection would further that goal.

Police Chief Josh Whitwell said he would work with Marty Fredrickson, city street director, to come up with a plan.

Councilor Steve Smith said he wanted to review the costs for signs before the work was done.

?We probably need to see if this fits our budget,? Smith said.

Olson countered that this was about protecting our youth.

?Anytime we can save a child,? she said, ?the priority is children?s safety.?

After talking further, council members directed Whitwell and Fredrickson to research costs; the council would consider action at the July 12 meeting.

In other business, the council:

? listened as Councilor Jerry Kline complimented the police department for its help with funeral services. When the department did not assist with traffic control, he said, it was chaotic.

? heard from City Clerk Alan Meisinger that city offices would be closed Monday, July 5, for the holiday.

? approved a certificate of borrower upon project completion at Cedar and Eisenhower streets. Signing the certificate closes the street project with the Kansas Department of Trans?por?tation.

? learned that an estimated $30,000 was spent from the Brooker Trust Fund on sidewalk and other improvements at Central Park. Olson said she would get that information to members of the Park Board.

? listened to a public complaint from Roger Schwab during the public forum part of the meeting.

A copy of his complaint was filed with the city.

? called two separate executive sessions regarding personnel, but took no action when it returned to the open meeting.

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