MCDO Gets Latest On Possible Bike Path, Readies for Community Address

Staff Writer

President, Jim Keller called the January meeting of The Marion Community Development Organization to order by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held on January 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. at the Marion Township Building.

Nick Moeller provided an update on the Marion Community Greenway Project.  There will be a public meeting held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Marion Township Building.  Updates will be provided on the multi-use path and application process.  The application is due for local review on January 15, 2019. Anyoneinterested in providing a letter of support in favor of the bike path are asked to address their letter “To Whom It May Concern” and it can be given to Nick Moeller prior to January 15. 

The grant would fund 76 percent of the project, which is approximately $866,000.  The Committee has received commitment letters to fund $144,000 of the $304,000 local match required. The MCDO has agreed to be the supporting organization to coordinate the flow of funds on a loan for the remaining local amount required on the project.  Elaine Wolters moved to approve the MCDO as a supporting organization.  Bob Unrast seconded the motion which was approved unanimously.

The MCDO is continuing to review the feasibility of natural gas in the community.  The MCDO was approached by Energy Alliances, an energy consulting and supply company, to determine any potential savings opportunities for the Marion Community. Energy Alliances will negotiate with electric suppliers for aggregated savings and could potentially assist in the natural gas feasibility study.  A meeting with Energy Alliances was held on January 9and included a representative from the trustees, MCDO and Energy Alliances. 

The State Route 716 Sidewalk Project is still being reviewed and pursued.  Some questions concerning crosswalks to school, drainage and sidewalk width were submitted to ODOT.  We just received answers to the questions and are currently reviewing them.

The MCDO’s Annual Community Address is scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at the Maria Stein American Legion beginning at 11:30 a.m.