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Marion City Council approves $48.1 million budget.

Byline: curtis winston contributing writer

MARION -- A municipal budget of $48,138,140 for fiscal year 2018-19 was approved on Monday night by the Marion City Council.

As presented by City Treasurer Steve Hale in a public hearing before the regular council meeting, the budget includes a general fund with estimated expenditures of $6,205,753 against budgeted expenses of $6,357,860, resulting in a surplus of $152,107.

The council, with Mayor Anthony Rinella and commissioners Angelo Hightower, Doug Patton, Jim Webb and John Goss, approved the spending plan in a 5-0 vote.

In other business, the council approved:

* The hiring of Douglas Keim as a land acquisition agent at $45 an hour plus mileage, to work in conjunction with Clarida and Ziegler Engineering in acquiring city right of way property. The vote was 4-0-1, with Patton abstaining.

* The hiring of Hunter Odum as a part-time sewer employee at $13 an hour.

* An engineering agreement with Clarida and Ziegler for the sewer replacement on North Market Street, a project that is estimated to cost $512,000.

* The low bid of $56,641 from Marion-based Skuta Construction for the sewer extension to Precision Land Holdings in the Robert L. Butler Industrial Park. The land was sold by the city last month to keep the machine-tool shop in Marion. Rinella said he'd hoped the $45,000 sale of land would pay for the sewer work but he considered the resulting nearly $12,000 cost to city "a good investment."

* The hiring of Ridge Cozart as a part-time cemetery employee at $13 an hour.

* Low bids for demolition of properties at 204 S. Bentley for $4,300 and 726 N. Harper for $3,500 from Neat Cut Lawn Care and Dirtwork. Bids for demolition of a warehouse on the south end of Granite Street were rejected, because the $39,500 low bid from Neat Cut would have been more than the total demolition budget.

* A $500 donation to the Marion High School Graduation Spree. Goss, who was concerned about the event taking place at the SIUC Recreation Center and not in Marion, voted "no" in the 4-1 tally.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Apr 25, 2018
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