Marion Council vote delays action on sidewalk project

The Marion City Council stalled once Monday with its fifth member, Bill Holdeman gone, to vote 2-2 on $6,015 bid from Hett Construction to build new sidewalks in Liberty Park.

Mayor Mary Olson said she favored delaying approval for a week so she could check the plans against an on-site inspection of the park.

Councilor Jerry Kline said he?d like to look at it too.

Mike Regnier, whose family had donated memorial funds to build a gazebo there honoring his father, Jack Regnier, had already said the plan was fine with him.

Councilors Gene Winkler and Stacey Collett voted to approve the project, Olson and Kline against just to give themselves a chance to look at it.

Hett representative Ralph Kreutziger said the plan included 3,500 feet of 4-inch concrete, plus replacement of some brick street with concrete.

Public Works Director Harvey Sanders supported the plan saying the sidewalk in front had been bad for a long time, and Street Superintendent Marty Fredrickson said the brick is more hazardous for sliding than the concrete in bad weather.

City Administrator David Mayfield said there is $3,000 available in funds for the sidewalk construction immediately.

The council approved Utility Clerk Becky Makovec continuing with a plan to raise donations for new Central Park playground equipment to replace old equipment.

The council approved a liquor license for Superior Wine and Liquor and a plumbing license for Commercial Mechanical Inc.

It approved final payment of $26,780 to Fleming for completion of the spec building in the industrial park.

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