The Marion City Council on Monday night approved zoning changes for a complex of apartments at 1801 E. Main St. by Castellano Properties.
Mayor Mike Absher said he had anticipated hearing from opponents of the project, but none were present. He noted that the project has been on the zoning board's agenda since November, but a lack of quorum on the board has prevented a vote.
"There is some resistance to the apartments," he said, but added that he thought the apartments would be an improvement on what is there. It is currently the site of the WGGH transmitter tower.
The city council, with Absher and commissioners John M. Barwick, Doug Patton, Jim Webb and John Stoecklin approved the zoning changes in 5-0 votes, moving 1801 E. Main from C-1 general commercial to R-2 general family residential and an adjacent parcel from R-A rural agriculture to R-2.
In other action on Monday night, the council approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Marion Professional Firefighters Association.
And under the recommendation of Barwick and Police Chief David Fitts, the council approved an agreement with the Illinois Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce that wold allow select MPD dispatchers to provide mutual aid to other 9-1-1 call centers.
Turning to the treasurer's office, the council approved the promotion of Jasmine Coomes to accounting technician with a starting pay rate of $21 an hour with six month increments to a rate of $22.83 at one year.
Finally, for the water department, the council approved the $10,000 purchase of a new utility trailer. A budgeted item, the trailer is for a new excavator, said public works commissioner Stoecklin.