Marshall council approves returning land to property owner, sets election date

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Marshall City Council approved two new ordinances at its meeting Monday, Nov. 16.

Council members agreed for the city to return a tract of land on Ridge Street to private ownership. The land was intended for street use, possibly as a cul de sac, as part of development that never occurred, Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer said.

"We'd like to give that property back to the property owner," she said.

Wayne Brown is the owner of the land. The change in ownership will not affect use of the street.

The council's other new ordinance set the date for the upcoming municipal election as Tuesday, April 6, 2010. One council seat from each city ward will be on the ballot.

Filing dates for the election will be from 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, to Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at 5 p.m.

Council members also approved the regular appropriations ordinance.

In other business, Latimer asked the council to approve two reappointments to the Police Personnel Board. Roger Herndon's and Clyde Williams' three-year terms will expire in January 2013.

Council members also approved the finance committee's recommendation to remain with United Health Care as the health insurance provider for the city.

At Latimer's request, the council gave approval for the city to seek financing from Government Capital Leasing to purchase a new fire truck.

"I think we've decided which one we're looking at," she said, noting that once financing is received, the city will take bids for the purchase of the new truck.

The council approved the low bid of $2,950 from Wayne Brown Construction to demolish the structure at 106 E. Eastwood St. The other bid received for the demolition was from Thompson Construction Company, for almost $4,000.

Latimer briefly mentioned other construction work in the city.

"All the surface work ... is finished, for the most part, at the airport," she said.

The jet fuel tanks have not yet arrived but should be in by Dec. 3, she said.

The East Eastwood Street bridge project was actually running ahead of schedule, Latimer said, though the current rainy weather may change that.

"It's coming along very well," she said.

All council members were present at the meeting. Missouri Valley College professor Beverly Katz's business law and economics class was also present to observe.

The council's next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, Dec. 7, at 5:15 p.m.

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