Marion council discusses tree preservation

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2005

MARION – Trees gained protection and other items were tabled at last night’s Marion City Council meeting.

Dr. Thomas Wilson from the Perry Lake Committee briefed the council on protecting mature trees and the mature canopy of Perry County.

Following a thorough presentation, the council passed the act that will grant protection for the county’s mature environment.

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After synchronizing schedules, the council agreed to hold a final budget work session Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. There, council members will discuss a possible employee raise.

The first readings for temporary mobile home permits for homes on West and Edward streets were heard.

The land must first be properly surveyed, thus no permits were granted.

Also on the agenda was the possibility to change the wages of Lt. Jack Nelson, the acting police chief, from hourly to salary.

Unfortunately, the item had to be tabled due to the recent death of Nelson’s mother.

Councilman Brandon Taylor addressed speeding on East Lafayette Street.

“I’ve gotten complaints about people just speeding through down by the bottom of the hill,” Taylor said. “There’s a nursing home down that way so people are asking about speed bumps.”

The idea will be placed on a future agenda for more discussion.

Councilmen Willie Jackson and Corin Harrison addressed concern for roads in their districts. Mayor Anthony Long said they are trying to get them fixed but the county is behind and will get to them when they can.

The next Marion City Council meeting is Monday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 in the City Hall Chambers.