Marion City Council to hear about civic center project

MIKE CONLEY/MCDOWELL NEWS

The idea that will be presented to council is for just the old Winn-Dixie portion, which covers 15,000 square feet, to be set aside as a civic center so conventions and special events can take place in Marion.

A possible civic center for downtown Marion will be discussed at the Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The Marion City Council will hold its first meeting for 2018 at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City Hall.

The first item on the agenda is honoring the Citizen of the Month for January as nominated by Councilman Don Ramsey.

Then, council members will hear about the proposed civic center project for downtown Marion. Steve Bush, executive director of the McDowell Chamber of Commerce, will talk to city officials about using a portion of the former RockTenn (or West Rock building) along West Henderson Street as a possible place for conferences and special events. The entire former manufacturing plant covers slightly less than 100,000 square feet and the land is 5.25 acres.

The idea that will be presented to council is for just the old Winn-Dixie portion, which covers 15,000 square feet, to be set aside as a civic center so conventions and special events can take place in Marion, said City Manager Bob Boyette on Friday.

This would be a partnership between local governments and the Chamber of Commerce and there is no intention of purchasing the property, Boyette added.

Signs at the property state it is owned by Miller Realty & Development and spaces in the former manufacturing plant are available.

In other business, the City Council members will receive a master plan for the development of city and county property on College Drive. They will also talk about street requests.

Four public hearings are scheduled about the zoning of properties recently annexed into the city. These hearings will be about the assigning of zoning to the Bost property on Carrie Street, the Moodytown Road annexation area, the Robinson property on Robinson Road and the Rogers property on Shady Lane.

The public comment period will follow. This is the time when the public can speak to council about any issue or item not on the agenda.

Council members will talk about upgrades for the city of Marion cable TV channel and a revised safety policy. They will consider purchasing utility maintenance pickup trucks.

Council members also consider amendments to Marion’s animal ordinance and scheduling a planning session.

Boyette will give his report to council.

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