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."
"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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