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Council to hold hearing on questioned residency of Marion's mayor

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Tuesday night the Marion City Council will convene in a special session after the Citizens for a Better Marion group challenged the mayor's residency last month.

In December, the group presented a petition to the Marion City Council challenging mayor Allen "Snooks" Bouska's residency.

The group claims the mayor lives in a home in Hiawatha, instead of in Marion.

Marion resident Barb Hines says she can care less about where the mayor lives, he just needs to know the city's needs.

"I would just feel that he needs to have the best interest of the city of Marion," said Hines. "[However] if there's a code that's been there longer than he's been in office, then he needs to be living by the code."

On the Linn County Assessor's website, the home in Marion is owned by a company, and Mayor Bouska and his wife Vickie are listed as the second deed holders.

However after looking up his Hiawatha address, the Bouskas are listed as the only deed holders.

"We want a mayor that lives in our city and loves our city as much as we love our city," said Jodi Treharne, member of Citiens for a Better Marion.

We knocked on the door in Marion, and no one answered.

Neighbors in the area assured us that the mayor does live in the home.

I also went to his Hiawatha house, where the group claims the mayor really leaves.

His wife Vickie answered the door.

She told us she lives at the home and her husband resides in Marion.

"It's not ok to have a mayor that doesn't live in Marion," said Treharne. "It's really about the ethics of the mayoral office, it's about the people of marion, the city of Marion and it's about protection of the mayoral office."

Both parties will present their respective evidence at the hearing Tuesday night.

The council will hear public comment, then they will move into an executive session for deliberation and conference with legal counsel.

The council has seven days after the hearing to make a decision if a vacancy exists for the mayor position.

"Hoping that the truth will come out," said Treharne. "We're just praying for truth and integrity [Tuesday] night and really that's all that we're hoping for."

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