The Marshall City Council met Monday, Nov. 17, to approve the hiring of four new police officers, liquor licenses and five ordinances, including a measure to purchase property currently owned by the Lighthouse Shelter.
For $35,000, the city has bought a piece of property on West North Street from the Lighthouse Shelter. The property is adjacent to the police department building.
The council approved the ordinance authorizing this purchase, though there are no current plans to use the land. But, Mayor Connie Latimer wondered, "What a nice new public safety complex would look like on that property."
She said that project, if it happens, would be explored sometime in the future.
The building on the property was previously the Lighthouse Shelter's Children's Center.
Executive Director Debbie Wallace said the center has been moved back into the shelter itself, and the building has been empty for several months.
Christopher Chamberlin, Robert Seiner, Samuel Gibson and Brennan Wade were all candidates for the position of entry-level police officer. The council unanimously approved the hire of all four applicants.
In her report, Latimer announced that the Santa train will be visiting Marshall on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m.
The council heard about the rezoning of land north of town to permit the construction of an American Legion post. The Planning and Zoning Commission has already approved this issue, and there will be a public hearing about it prior to the council meeting on Dec. 15 at 5:15 p.m.
A liquor license for Aldi was approved, with a change of address, moving across the street from 980 to 975 W. College St.
In other business, the council approved four more ordinances with unanimous votes.
The first ordinance announced the date of the general municipal election as April 7, 2009. The positions of municipal judge, city attorney and city treasurer, as well as one council position from each ward, are open for election. Filing for these offices begins Dec. 16, 2008, and ends Jan. 20, 2009.
The council approved an ordinance transferring pole use from Time Warner Cable to Wind Jammer Communications.
An ordinance dealing with Missouri Public Utility Alliance was also approved. MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs spoke about the ordinance and its importance.
"It's an agreement we sign with MPUA to ensure that, if we had an emergency here in Marshall, they would respond," he said.
The ordinance is reciprocal, meaning that Marshall utility workers could be sent to work in another area affected by an emergency at no cost to the city. Also included in the ordinance are provisions for better working conditions with ensured rest periods, especially for linemen.
The council also approved an appropriations ordinance and announced that the city office building will be closed Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, because the office was open on Columbus Day.
When asked about the delayed Eastwood bridge project, Latimer seemed optimistic.
"We have the plan approved," she said. "We just don't have a right-of-way easement."
The city must receive an easement from the railroad before proceeding with construction on the bridge. Latimer is hoping to put the job up for bid by January.