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MARION — Shortly after Mayor Robert Butler called Marion City Council to order, Commissioner Angelo Hightower asked if he could lead those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance. Later, the council unanimously approved Resolution 2017-18, which says the Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited prior to the start of all city council meetings.

Mayor Robert Butler, a Korean War veteran, talked about his experience on the second flight of Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois. Veterans Honor Flight offers free trips for veterans to see the war and service memorials in Washington D.C.

“It was probably the greatest one-day trip I have taken,” Butler said. “I appreciate each and every one who made the trip possible.”

Belinda Eveans Koenig spoke to the council about making her rental house at 1304 N. Garfield St. a short-term, vacation rental. Marion City Council approved her request.

Brenda Futch of We 3 Girls in Marion sought clarification from the council about the rules for bringing in a temporary building for her floral business through the Christmas holiday season. We 3 Girls, at 509 W. DeYoung St., was destroyed by a fire June 4. In March, Futch plans to begin construction on a permanent building.

Mayor Butler told her to go ahead with her plans, and they will vote on it at the next council meeting. Futch will have get a special use permit.

“This is a 90-day thing we’re talking about. Let’s not make a constitutional Supreme Court case out of it. Go right ahead,” Butler said.

In other business, the council:

Awarded a contract for replacing an existing water main with 1,025 lineal feet of eight-inch water main on Railroad Street, from Boulevard to Belcher, to Jay M. Jones Construction of Thompsonville with a bid of $86,439.

Accepted the resignation of Patrol Officer Nicholas McLaughlin approved the appointment of Tyler Smith to the position vacated by McLaughlin. Smith was a full-time dispatcher with Marion Police Department, so the council approved hiring of Benjamin Wylie as a full-time dispatcher to fill the position vacated by Smith.

Approved the reappointments of Martha Stinson, Beth Hamer, Sandra Blankenship, Jaclyn Hancock and Wayland Sims to Marion Cultural and Civic Center Board for three-year terms to run Nov. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2020.

Hired two part-time employees at The Hub Recreation Center. Jennifer Thomas was hired as lifeguard and Orea Cosby as basketball staff.

Approved Ordinance 3407, which annexes a portion of Fluck Limited Partnership Property, near Pepsi.

Authorized Mayor Butler to sign electrical contract extensions with Mid-America for city buildings.

The council’s next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Marion City Hall.

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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