Marceline City Council met May 15 to approve a funding bill for Marceline Downtown and discuss electric rates.

The board also adopted new building codes and appointed members to local boards during the May meeting.

Marceline City Council passed Oridnance No. 18-15.0222. In a unanimous vote, the council voted to partially fund a director for Downtown Marceline. The city is giving $10,000 for the director position. The funding for the director comes partially from the City of Marceline, Missouri Main Street Connection and Downtown Marceline. Each group is giving $10,000 for a total of $30,000. Marceline is giving the money from the pool salaries budget, which was over-budgeted this year.

According to Downtown Marceline member Richard Switzer, the director position requires too much work.

“The current director position has exceeded the reach of a volunteer position,” Switzer said.

Downtown Marceline was originally founded in 2013. The organization was given its original operating budget of $40,000 from the City of Marceline in accordance with a plan given to the city by Missouri Main Street Connection. The organization has been run by volunteers, many of them having full-time jobs. According to Downtown Marceline president Julie Sherman, they hope to have a director by July 1. Members of Downtown Marceline believe the director position will be self-funding through future grants.

City council discussed possible electric rate reductions. During the April City Council meeting a discussion of electric rates was led by Marceline electric consultant Bob Harbour. Harbour led the council in another discussion during the May meeting. In both meetings, Harbour suggested the council only reduce residential electric rates by five-percent. The five-percent reduction would reflect a $50,000 decrease in city funding.

City council members and Marceline citizens discussed other possibilities for the electric rate reduction. Councilwoman Liz Cupp believed a 15- to 20-percent reduction would be more substantial. One citizen proposed the idea of reducing residential, commercial and industrial rates by 3 percent. The city council decided to stick with Harbour’s recommendation of a 5-percent reduction with the goal of reducing the electric rate further in the future. The city council will vote on the electric rate reduction during their June meeting. If passed, the rates would take effect August 1.

According to Harbour, residential electric usage is 47 percent, commercial usage is 22 percent and industrial usage is 31 percent of the total electric usage in Marceline. Residential rates are the highest among the three averaging to 15 cents per kilowatt hour. Industrial rates are the lowest averaging to 10 cents per kilowatt hour.

In a unanimous vote, the city council approved Ordinance No. 18-05.023. The ordinance would pay for a new codification contract from General Code LLC. The recodification contract could take up to two years to complete.

Marceline City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 18-05.024. The ordinance adopts new municipal codes for Marceline. The city adopted appendices from the 2018 International Building Codes, 2018 International Fire Codes and 2018 International Residential Codes for One and Two-Family Dwellings. The city also adopted the National Electric Code and the International Plumbing Code. The codes replace sections 500.010 through 500.060 of the Marceline Municipal Code. The city will not have to hire a code enforcement officer or appoint a board of appeals by only adopting certain appendices of the codes. The codes have been in effect since May 15.

In other business, Marceline Mayor Tyson Brammer appointed board members to seven local boards. Martin Cupp was appointed to the Marceline Airport Board for a four-year term. Sharon Sportsman, Eloise Gosch and Linda Bond were all appointed for three-year terms on the Marceline Library Board. Jason Campbell and Shelly Herring were appointed to four-year terms on the Planning and Zoning Board, Mary Chrisman and Dave Anderson were appointed to two-year terms. Virginia Algaier, Judy Lindsey and Shirley Padget were all appointed to four-year terms on the Marceline Cemetery Board, Eloise Gosch, Mary Chrisman and Dave Anderson were appointed to two-year terms. Richard Cirppin and Dean Enyeart were appointed to the Marceline Housing Authority Board for four-year terms. Cindy Cupp and Dean Enyeart were appointed to six-year terms on the Marceline IDA Board. Jerret Fischer, Nickie Wrenn and Maxine Smith were appointed to the Marceline Parks and Recreation Board for three-year terms.