MARION – Marion Mayor Mike Absher and members of the Marion City Council gave residents city updates at Monday night’s State of the City Address at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.
Prior to the address, the City Council met for a regular meeting and conducted their normal business. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Absher introduced each member of the Council who gave an update of their department including what they have accomplished during the last two years and developments they expect in the next two years.
Mayor Absher then spoke on his departments and gave updates including walkthrough renderings of the new Marion City Hall to be located in the First Southern Bank building on the Square and renderings of the downtown renovations featuring fountains, an ice-skating rink, new businesses and more.
The mayor concluded his presentation by revealing concepts of developments at the old Illinois Centre Mall complex and surrounding area. The renderings revealed a renovation of the current mall building to include entertainment offerings such as indoor sky diving, a rock wall, and go karts. The renderings also showed a driving range entertainment concept called Oasis Golf, a soccer field complex featuring multiple fields, an ATV test track, and RV campground.