Marion Council encouraged to seek county help for street repair

Street work on Cedar and Eisenhower Streets in Marion is expected to begin in early April. But one group is requesting the county take action as well by coordinating its roadwork from U.S. Highway 56 to points where the city is repairing its streets.

The resolution, which was signed Tuesday, Feb. 17, and initiated by Marion Economic Development Inc., was read at the city council meeting Monday by Todd Heitschmidt, president.

In it, the resolution states that the county is responsible for connecting links, which is the case with the city?s planned road improvements. The resolution also stated the city contributes about $181,000 to the county road and bridge budget and that about $556,000 remains in the budget based on 2009 information.

Other details in the resolution dealt with tourism and economic development and the need for safe, proper transportation systems into the county and its cities.

?These transportation systems are highly reflective of the pride and investment our county and city commits to tourism and economic development,? the document stated.

In addition, MEDI recognizes the need and cost effectiveness to build and maintain important infrastructures in the county?s transportation systems for the current and future expansion of Marion County and the city of Marion economies.

Heitschmidt, along with the MEDI executive board and the board of directors are asking the commissioners to take proactive steps in adjusting the county budget to take advantage of cost reductions evident in the economy.

The resolution was signed by MEDI director Doug Kjellin and Heitschmidt as president.

The executive board includes Heitschmidt, also acting secretary; Chris Costello, vice-president, and Jim Hefley, treasurer.

The board of directors are Jerry Kline, Mary Olson, Greg Carlson, Louis Holt, Mike Powers, Lee Leiker, Don Noller, Margo Yates, Barry Allen and Linda Kannady.

For a complete report of Mon?day?s Marion City Council go to www.hillsborofreepress.com

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