A new motto hanging on the face of Marshall Council Chambers brought groups of Marshall residents to the building Tuesday evening.
"In God We Trust" welcomed members of the public to a regular meeting Sept. 6 at City Hall. No one objected to the display. No one praised it. The city council did approve a resolution, however, in favor of the display and the crowd filtered through the doors to take pictures directly after the meeting.
"I checked with ... the United States Supreme Court, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and they said 'In God We Trust' is a motto," Mayor Mark Gooden explained. "It's an official United States motto and it can be put into any public building."
Other business discussed Tuesday evening was the possibility of selecting a day and time for trick-or-treating rather than late evening Oct. 31.
As it gets later in the evening, the ages of kids on the streets increase, Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell told council members.
He reiterated that trick-or-treating is an activity for children, however residents' and officers' safety are generally more at risk the darker it becomes on Halloween night.
Council members acknowledged the suggestion, considering passing a resolution that would encourage the annual activity to take place on a Sunday before the holiday. They'll discuss it further in the next regular meeting.
Councilmen did approve several items Tuesday, including authorizing contracts with Marshall Community Chorus and Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra, and passing a routine resolution with Marshall-Saline Development Corporation.
In addition, the city approved requiring park gatherings of 50 or more people to apply for a permit with the Marshall Parks and Recreation Department.
Airport activity decreased in the month of August, dropping to a total aircraft count of 584 -- less than half of July's 1,650 total aircraft.
A solid waste summary report reflected an increase in refuse by approximately 100 tons. The city collected 704 tons in July and 809 tons in August. There was 89.8 tons of paper collected for recycling in August, compared to 76.9 tons in July.
A proposed budget for 2011-2012 shows a deficit of $87,156. This includes a 12 percent hike in insurance premiums. Expected revenues total $9,553,592 and expenditures are anticipated to reach $9,640,748. According to City Administrator Connie Latimer, figures would be more solid in October, which could change the actual operating budget. The council will discuss it further in a future meeting.
All board members were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.
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