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Marshall council congratulates new fire chief, hears report on substandard property

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tony Day is congratulated by Marshall city council members Monday, Oct. 1, for his promotion to fire chief of the Marshall Fire Department.
(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
According to Tommy Zinn, of Marshall, one empty residence on South English Avenue is a hazard.

Zinn addressed the city council during its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 1, stating a pile of garbage left on the curb has continued to be a safety hazard. The former residents apparently moved two to three months ago leaving what neighbors called a "bad sight." This is one of two structures on the block that seem to be affecting neighbors with bad stenches and roaches. The second structure reportedly houses raccoons and opossums and apparently had an illegal dog pen.

"It actually stinks in our neighborhood," Zinn said. "This is where we live. We've got children there. The filth (they lived in) is beyond your wildest imagination. You should have had a suit ... to walk in (safely). It is leaning to one side. The termites have eaten the entire foundation."

This structure on English Avenue has been cause for concern for neighbors. They reported hazardous trash and dog feces are a risk for children in the neighborhood.
(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
Zinn noted the owner recently mentioned fixing the house, but said the problem has been there for some time and is now finally being addressed by the city. The city inspector has been working with neighbors, according to Zinn and, by Tuesday morning, the trash pile had been picked up. Council members took note of Zinn's report -- seemingly the first they'd heard of the problem.

"We're going to talk to Mr. Morgan and try to rectify this problem," Mayor Mark Gooden said.

"It's a slow process," Zinn said, and he seemed understanding of the city's legal constraints.

Monday was the Marshall city council's first meeting of this fiscal year, and with the new year comes a new fire chief. Tony Day has officially begun duties as chief of Marshall Fire Department.

"Thank you guys for this opportunity," Day said. "This is my neighborhood. This is my town. This is my county. I'm going to protect it the best I can (with) the Marshall Fire Department."

Day accepted the position when former chief John Rieves retired after 30 years of service.

"I'd like to be the first to congratulate you," said councilman Gabe Ramsey.

Other business Monday included appointing Timothy Schulte to sit on the police personnel board. Schulte will take the seat previously filled by Buddy Mayfield. A bid from Wayne Brown Construction of $5,500 was accepted to demolish a structure at 425 N. Bond Ave. Brown's was the lowest of three bids. Council members also approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a contract between the city and Marshall Municipal Utilities, which will locate an easement near East Eastwood Street where a wastewater treatment plant used to be located.

Additionally, Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings addressed the council regarding the proposed out-of-state use tax. Commissioners have put the use tax on the Nov. 6 ballot.

"The biggest part of what we're doing here is trying to just maintain a revenue source that we've had for decades," Stallings said.

If approved by voters, affected companies can charge the use tax or a sales tax, but not both. This could include items such as construction equipment, trailers and boats, among others. According to Stallings, 40 counties in the state have a use tax in place -- included Pettis, Lafayette and Carroll -- as does the state of Missouri.

"For the most part, this tax has been in place for decades" and the county wants to reinstate what it's lost, Stallings said.

Stallings said the county could see a decline in revenue of up to $100,000 a year after a recent Supreme Court decision this past January. Questions can be directed to commissioners by calling 660-886-7777.

All city council members were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

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If the city inspector doesn't want to get out and do his job they need to hire someone that does. It's time to clean this town up!

-- Posted by Marshallman1911 on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 9:33 PM

I comment on these stories every time. I think it is time for the city of Marshall to clean up. For the people who keep their properties tidy, thank you.

-- Posted by mommaofthree on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 11:31 AM


-- Posted by Chevy on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 10:12 AM

There seems to be a growing number of substandard properties in this community. Don't people care anymore?

-- Posted by momaster on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 7:33 AM

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