Marion City Council to hold regular July meeting on Tuesday

The Marion City Council will hold its only regular meeting for July on Tuesday.

The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. at the City Hall.

Council will first be introduced to new employees and will approve the 2018-2019 fiscal year property tax settlement. Council will also approve the order of collection for the 2019 property taxes.

Representatives of the Mercy Fund Animal Rescue will appear before council about their request to change the city’s policy regarding the trapping of feral cats.

Last month, Susan Menard with the Mercy Fund Animal Rescue spoke to council about the city trapping cats on Kathy Street due to the complaints of one person living there. These cats are reportedly being taken to the animal shelter. Menard asked the city officials to stop having the cats trapped and euthanized. Instead, she asked that the Mercy Fund be allowed to do its trap, neuter, return, or TNR, program in this case. Last year, the City Council authorized the use of TNR programs on properties in Marion but it is where the property owners give their consent.

Based on an ordinance dating back to at least 1986, the city has also taken cages to properties in Marion, at the request of a property owner, to catch animals that are at large. When this happens, the city takes any animals that are caught to the county Animal Shelter. Last month, city officials said this would this requested change would be considered at the July 16 meeting.

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 will then consider adopting the traffic schedule ordinance amendments and a resolution accepting the governor’s Highway Safety program grant money. They will consider adopting ordnance about garbage.

City officials will consider the closing of Clark Street for the Marion East Community Forum’s garden party on Saturday, July 27. They will also vote on a street resurfacing contract.

City Manager Bob Boyette will give his report to council.

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