The Marshall City Council met Monday, Dec. 1, to approve ordinances concerning the 911 system and the management of stormwater.
City Inspector Mike Morgan spoke about the ordinance approving addresses in the city to be changed to make navigation easier for emergency responders. The ordinance states that Lafayette Avenue is the line from which east and west streets will be numbered, and Arrow Street is the same for north and south streets. Each block will be numbered in increments of 100. One exception to this rule is the first block east of Lafayette between High Street and Morrow Street, which will be numbered from 1 to 99.
Morgan reported that over 400 addresses have already been changed, and that all the addresses on the town square will also change. But, there is still work to be done.
"We may be doing this well into next year," he said.
Morgan noted that the post office will accept either the old or new address for up to a year. The council approved the measure unanimously.
"This will be a hassle for everybody," Mayor Connie Latimer said, noting that her own address will change. "But this is less a hassle than other ways we could've done it."
City Administrator Charles Tryban spoke about the ordinance relating to stormwater. This ordinance presents plans for storm drainage systems, erosion and sediment control and stream protection, among other things.
"It's something we've needed for quite some time," Tryban said.
The council also approved an ordinance relating to the sewers on South Odell and an appropriations ordinance.
In other business, David Kemm spoke to the council about his tree-planting project. He reported that he has planted two trees and raised $157, but he hopes to raise almost $4,000 by the end of March.
Councilmember Dan Brandt reported on activity at Marshall Memorial Airport, which is up slightly, and solid waste collection, which is down. He also reminded the community that yard waste pick-up will end Dec. 18 and that blowing or raking leaves into the street is against a city ordinance.
In her report, Mayor Latimer talked about the community Christmas dinner on Dec. 20 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the St. Peter Catholic Church parish hall. She asked for volunteers to help that day and mentioned that people wanting to attend could submit their names at the City Office Building.
At the close of the meeting, Councilmember Gabe Ramsey wished the mayor a happy birthday.
The council will meet again on Dec. 15 at 5:15.