Marion Council ends discussion on street resurfacing request

The Marion City Council apparently closed the books Monday on weeks of talking about the resurfacing of Country Club Heights streets when Mayor Mary Olson moved to put in the public record that resurfacing recently done there covered all promises made to residents.

Attorney Chris Costello, representing residents Roger Hannaford III and Doug Sharp, had asked that his clients be allowed to trade land at the location in lieu of part of the street assessments. He added that his clients would at least like a council decision.

Olson?s motion apparently brought closure to the subject with a 4-1 vote, Councilor Bill Holdeman against.

Holdeman said he considered the resurfacing ?a fuzzy deal all along,? and never felt promises made by a city commission 13 or 14 years ago to the Country Club developers on building streets had been clarified.

Hannaford said after the meeting that he and Sharp had been prepared to give the city a significant acreage where several homes could have been located.

The council rejected spending $3,000 over a $6,015 bid from Hett Constructon to put ?brick stamping? with colored concrete to resemble brick next to streets on sidewalks to be built at Liberty Park.

In reference to putting the false brick on the sidewalk leading to the gazebo, Councilor Gene Winkler said he wouldn?t want to spend even an extra $1,000 for such a thing.

Olson noted that she and Councilor Jerry Kline hadn?t favored removing street brick for any of the improvements in the first place.

Hett spokesman Ralph Kreut?ziger said that if the brick pattern was purchased, it could be used to look like brick when concrete patching is done on brick streets.

The council approved spending $254,519 on a new body shop building at Batt Industrial Park with passage of a lease purchase agreement between the City of Marion and Pilsen State Bank for financing, and a lease purchase agreement with Arlie?s Inc. for sale to the business.

The council approved a planning and zoning commission approval of a subdivision platt for three lots for Deiter Hills along South Coble by a vote of 4-1, Olson against.

Police Chief Josh Whitwell described changes in the police policy manual requiring officers to log in daily, and explained policies on racial profiling. The council passed the changes 5-0.

City Administrator David Mayfield said the city?s portion of the county resurfacing of Sunflower Road/Third Street was valued at $57,000.

Street Superintendent Marty Fredrickson said all street improvements are completed for this year.

Public Works Director Harvey Sanders said electrical line to new construction now is brought in underground from overhead lines to help avoid damage from trees. He said that during ice storms in the last two years, most damage came on these connecting lines.

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