September construction booms in Marshall, thanks to Sherri Estates project

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Marshall City Council celebrated a surge in construction and paved the way for more at its meeting Monday, Oct. 6.

Councilman Ron Duvall, introducing the latest building permit report, said, "In the month of September, we hit the jackpot."

The $4.17 million in construction brought in $4,366 in permit fees, according to the report.

"The big portion of the pie goes to the renovation of Sherri Estates," he said.

The cost of the Sherri Estates project was listed at nearly $3.7 million.

The council also passed an ordinance that will enable another construction project to proceed.

Missouri Valley Development LLC requested the city vacate a portion of Laura Street between Sharp and Conway Avenues so the company can develop off-campus housing for Missouri Valley College students.

During a brief public hearing prior to the council meeting, no one spoke on the issue and City Administrator Charles Tryban said the city had not received comment early either for or against the proposal.

The council voted unanimously to vacate the street as requested while reserving necessary utility easements.

In other business, the council received reports on traffic at Marshall Municipal Airport and a summary of solid waste disposal and recycling activity.

Airport traffic dropped dramatically from its summer peak, but that peak was much higher than usual due mostly to an increase in crop dusting.

There were 1,300 take offs and landings in July, versus 750 in July 2007. In September, the number was down to 391.

But Councilman Dan Brandt noted that jet traffic in recent months has increased, too. Runway and taxiway renovations done last fall made it possible for larger jets to land at the airport.

In September 2007 there were six jet take offs and landings. This year there were 26 in September. The peak came in July, with 96.

Solid waste disposal numbers remained stable, with about the same number of loads taken to the landfill in September, 69, as were taken last year, 70. Commercial waste tonnage was up some, from 309 tons last year to 382 this year, but residential was about the same.

Paper recycling was down this year, according to the report. There were nearly 75 tons of paper recycled in September compared to 87.5 tons in September 2007.

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