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Notice of Deadline to File an Application for Place on the Ballot for November Election

Please see the link below: 
NOTICE OF DEADLNE TO FILE AN APPLICATION FOR PLACE ON THE BALLOT FOR THE NOVEMBER 2024 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION 
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED JULY 19, 2024 TO AUGUST 19, 2024 
THE NOTIFICATION IS ALSO POSTED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD OUTSIDE CITY HALL. 

Notice of Deadline to File Application for Place on the Ballot

Notice of P&Z Meeting at City Hall June 12, 2024 6:00 pm

Planning and Zoning Meeting on June 12, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. 
Meeting Location:  City Hall Building  
Topic: 
Stetson Ridge Development Intersection of FM 465 and Stagecoach Rd. (ETJ - Outside City Limits)
Marion Park Development CR 361 and W. Wetz St.  (Inside Marion City Limits)  Unit 4 

Mayor's Update to Marion Citizens

Citizens of Marion,

I would like to clarify some information that has been circulating. On January 15, 2024, the Marion City Council held its monthly meeting. If you refer to line 9e, "City Hall Hours," in the minutes, you will see the proposal presented to the Council regarding City Hall hours and the reasons for the proposed closure from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The minutes also detail who voted "Yes" to the closure, who made the first motion (DeShon Blyden), and who seconded the motion (Abigaile Maberry). As Mayor, I only vote in the event of a tie. The Council approved the closure of City Hall, and for it to reopen, it must be voted on and approved by the Council. Currently, we only have two council members, and a minimum of three are required to make a quorum and conduct a meeting. As Mayor, I cannot reverse the Council’s decision unless it pertains to an emergency, public health, or public safety. Please see the attached minutes for more details on item 9e. Neither the City Secretary nor I have a vote on this matter. Contrary to some claims, I am not refusing to open City Hall. The staff remains in City Hall working, though it is closed to walk-in traffic. Phone and online transactions continue. Bills can be paid online, by phone, or via drop box 24/7.  Permits can also be obtained online. By law, the staff is entitled to a lunch break.  Emergency water leak calls after 5:00 p.m. are facilitated by an answering service.

You would be proud of the staff and their achievements during these hours, which are difficult to accomplish during the regular day. They have reconciled utility billing and permit accounts, correctly managed records, trained new hires, and responded to emails and voicemails. Through these account reconciliations, the staff has recovered significant sums owed to the city, amounting to thousands of dollars.

In the same meeting, item 8d addresses our City Website and a Facebook page created by former staff members. This Facebook page, linked to a personal account, lacks accountability, and none of the current staff has received government social media training. Consequently, staff was instructed not to use the Facebook page and they have not.  A council member (Maberry) is the only individual that posts under the “City of Marion” account.  As Mayor, I am accountable for any information shared under the "City of Marion" name. We are developing a new Facebook page, managed by City Hall and retained even after employee departures. Staff will undergo social media training before any public posts. Our primary information source remains the city website, not Facebook.

I do not engage on social media, but you can always reach me via my city cell, email, or leave a message with the staff. Please note there might be a delay in my response as I work full-time. Rest assured, I am fully aware of what is happening at City Hall. Even if you do not see or hear from me frequently, I maintain regular communication with the staff.

I hope this clarifies some of the information that has been circulating.  Please click on the link below to view the January 15, 2024 City Council Meeting Minutes.

Daniel H. Loyola  830-557-2500
Mayordanielhloyola@cityofmariontx.org

City Council Minutes 01-15-24

 

City of Marion, TX

City Hall - Office Hours

POLICE EMERGENCY:  DIAL 9-1-1 
Police Non-Emergency: Call the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office at: (830) 379-1224

Marion City Hall  
303 S. Center Street 
Marion, Texas 78124 
(830) 914-2391         After Hours Water Emergency:  866-993-7200

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday 
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.  
Closed for Lunch:   
12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. 

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