Marion may form airport board

The Marion City Council reviewed a tentative resolution and bylaws at the Aug. 9 meeting that, if approved, could be the beginning of an airport authority advisory board.

The idea of an advisory board was prompted by recent concerns about the airport board authorizing maintenance work without council approval.

Marion City Administrator David Mayfield handed out copies of the resolution and bylaws, which were prepared by City Attorney Dan Baldwin.

Mayfield asked council members to review the information so it could be discussed at the Aug. 23 meeting.

Mayor Mary Olson asked if it would be a good idea to plan a work session with members of the airport board before proceeding with the bylaws.

?There has been some stuff that happened (with the airport board) and not all of it is for public knowledge,? Baldwin said. The resolution and bylaws will address these things, he added.

The airport board would not be policy-making, but rather a governmental authority.

Councilor Steve Smith said he thinks the council should review the information first and not ?open the door? for the airport board.

Without delving further into the reasons for the resolution and bylaws, the council agreed to review what Baldwin had put together and discuss it at the next meeting.

In other business, the council:

? heard that the dates for the Heart of America Free Flight Association coming to Marion were changed from Sept. 18-19 to Oct. 2-3.

? learned that Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin met with an individual about financing a new bakery at Main and Freeborn.

? heard that former Councilor Gene Winkler was instrumental in the removal of seats in the city auditorium.

? was informed about commemorative coins being ordered for the city?s 150th anniversary celebration.

? heard from Public Works Director Harvey Sanders about transformer fuses causing brownouts Aug. 6.

? met for a 30-minute executive session with Baldwin present.

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