Only 1 weighs in on proposed Marion code
Despite preparations for a large crowd, only one citizen turned out Monday to discuss Marion’s proposed new 300-page city code, imposing new regulations in a huge array of areas.
Doug Lind, who previously spoke on the code, again questioned rules regarding raising chickens for consumption. A final draft of the code will be presented for adoption at the next regular city council meeting Aug. 4.
The council agreed to change wording on a few sections, primarily pertaining to runoff into streets. The draft code’s definition now excludes rainwater and runoff from normal residential activities like washing vehicles and sprinklers.
A suggestion by a resident to allow all-terrain vehicles and golf carts on city streets was tabled. Because Main St. is a state highway, state laws allow ATV’s and golf carts to cross the street but not be driven on it. A pathway or right-of-way on sidewalks would have to be created. Also, a 35 mph speed limit on Main St. would have to be extended past the entrance of Marion Country Club.
A recommendation by administrator Roger Holter to ban parking on lawns also was tabled.
In other business; the council approved a $215,748 payment to Vogt-Parga for work on city streets. Work on Freeborn St. will begin next week, EBH Engineering’s Darin Neufeld estimated the project would be completed in five weeks.
- The council approved a $221,870 payment for city debt service.
- The council approved city clerk Woodrow Crawshaw’s resignation. Holter has received six applications.
- A public hearing on the city budget was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11.