Marion council tables ordinance to allow special vehicles on streets

The Marion City Council at its meeting Sept. 2 tabled an ordinance that would have allowed special purpose vehicles on streets within city limits.
The council determined there were still too many unanswered questions relating to licensing and use, but directed Roger Holter, city administrator, to bring the issue back at the Oct. 27 meeting.
Darin Neufeld with EBH Engineering discussed additions to the 2013 street project.
After explaining the site audit through the Community Development Block Grant to the council, Neufeld said there is about $73,000 left that could be used in repairing other city streets scheduled for work.
The most critical included extending work on Denver and Coble for $10,176; the entrance of Fink and Denver for $2,177; the intersection of Roosevelt and Nickerson at $5284 and the intersection of Roosevelt and Welch at $18,395.
The total cost for those priority areas was $36,032.
Other work prioritized as secondary projects included First and Water, $9,726; Elm and Main street curbs, $7,910; curb on Lincoln between Weldon and Nickerson, $2,074; curb at 215 S. Lincoln, $510 and the curb on West Main at Walnut, $2,550, for a total of $22,770.
The other streets identified, but would only be considered if money was still available included the alleys and Marion City Hall, patch at 819 Ash, alley on Welch between Freeborn and Roosevelt streets, the Lincoln and Lawrence intersection, and the curb on Lincoln between Weldon and Nickerson.
Other areas included Lincoln between Maple to Birch, valley and curb at Lincoln and Nickerson and intersection of Cedar and Highland.
Although the repairs identified as first and second priorities wouldn?t total $73,000, Neufeld said he wanted to wait and see how close the estimates were before continuing with the remaining streets, alleys and curbs.
Other business
The council, in other business:
? approved paying Vogts-Parga $183,442.
? listened to a presentation by Bob Lipp, president/treasurer of the Kansas State League of Independent Baseball. Lipp returned to the council as a followup on how the city?s progress regarding the baseball field improvements.
Holter said he would look at costs for fencing, infield grass, concession, bleachers and a few other items before the deadline of Oct. 15, which Lipp said was the cutoff for the coming season.
? heard from Planning Commission Chairman Paul White regarding updates.
White also said there would be a public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 on several issues ranging from minimum lot sizes to public property and private displays.
? watched a PowerPoint presentation about renewable energy interconnection and discussed an ordinance.
? approved allowing the city authorization and funding for a ?Marion? entrance sign.
? discussed ?NextDoor? mobile application for the city of Marion.
? listened to a presentation about Kansas Power Pool from Carl Myers with KPP.
The next council meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in council chambers.

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