At their Jan. 22 meeting, the Marshall City Council scheduled a public hearing for citizens to speak out about the rezoning of the property, located at 868 S. Brunswick Ave., from planned development to R-2, residential. The hearing will be held Feb. 19.
The public hearing comes after the Marshall Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of the rezoning at their Jan. 18 meeting.
In other Marshall City Council business, council member Barb Utlaut praised city administrator Connie Latimer and finance director Debbie Trimble for a "great audit report."
"We always seem to have one but they have done an exceptional job this time," said Utlaut, who serves in the property, finance, budget and audit committee.
Utlaut said the only item of concern from the audit was the overage on a street department line item, which was due to the increase in fuel and material cost, plus the increase in the scope of the work on Hamner and Haynie streets.
In her committee report, city administrator Latimer said the sales tax for December of 2012 was down compared to the same month in 2011 by $14,238. Sales tax, however, was up for the whole year by $39,599, compared to 2011.
The parks sales tax, Latimer added, was down by $7,118 for the month of December 2012 compared to last year. Year to date, however, park sales tax revenue showed an increase of $19,862.
"All in all we finished up ahead of schedule which is a good thing," Latimer said.
The city council also approved the following appointments:
Reappointment of Spencer Fricke to the Board of Public Works; reappointment of Jene Crook to the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation; reappointment of Rebecca Early and new appointment of Lucy Fletcher to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Fire Chief Tony Day told the council he wanted to inform the public to be careful of starting fires due to current dry conditions and variable winds. Day said he was issuing yard waste burning permits on a day by day basis.
"It is still very dry," Day said. "...With the temperatures changing we can get very high winds that can change in a moment's notice."