Nearly two weeks have passed since the last election, and soon voters will be gearing up for another.
Monday, Nov. 19, Marshall City Council members approved an ordinance to set the dates for the Municipal Election. It'll be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013, and several officers will be elected.
Those seats include municipal judge, city attorney, city treasurer and a council member for each of the four wards. Up for re-election are Barbara Utlaut for Ward 1, Gabe Ramsey for Ward 2, Sam Moten for Ward 3 and Tom Hagedorn for Ward 4.
Each seat is for a two-year term. Filing for these positions opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the City Clerk's Office.
Several city-owned lots will soon change hands. After the demolition of substandard structures, the lots went up for bid Nov. 8. Those lots were: 404 S. Redman Ave., 408 S. Redman Ave., 703 S. Benton Ave., 576 S. Odell Ave., 1057 S. Sharp St., 869 S. Jefferson Ave. and 401 S. Benton St.
The council awarded the lots to Malachi Paige Lawn Care, which bid $200 on each property with the exception of the lot on Odell. Council members didn't accept the bid for that lot, which was $50.
The city has paid approximately $500 per year to mow each of the vacant lots, according to City Administrator Connie Latimer.
Five additional lots are further along in the process, as council members authorized contracts for the sale of those properties. They are: 476 S. Salt Pond Ave. to Bonen Construction, 362 W. Jackson St. to Jimmy and Susan Hoffman, 478 S. Redman Ave. to Sam and Shirley Moten, and 504 N. Franklin Ave. and 465 W. Washington St. to TRB Craftsman.
In addition to settling property matters, the city also took a closer look at emergency snow routes.
An amendment to chapter 29 of the Code of Ordinances not only extends the routes already in place, but also addresses the personal removal of snow and ice.
"What we're doing is extending the snow removal on particular streets in town," said Councilman Dan Brandt. "And there were also streets in town where it would run from a certain street to another then it would stop and pick back up again. ... This makes the snow removal continuous for the emergency snow routes."
The ordinance now also states that no person shall place snow or ice upon public or private property -- other than there own -- without the written consent of the owner of the adjacent or separate property. Brandt stated they're trying to address snow being dumped into streets or onto neighboring properties without the consent of those residents. It's also prohibited to place or cause snow to be placed on any city street or sidewalk.
All council members were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3.
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