Marshall City Council approves Eagle Scout project

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Rob Latimer, father of C.J. Latimer, and Municipal Services Director Bill Anderson assists C.J. Latimer (not pictured) present his Eagle Scout project to the Marshall City Council Monday, Oct. 21. (Rachel Knight/Democrat-News)

After discussing his Eagle Scout project with Municipal Services Director Bill Anderson, C.J. Latimer received approval from the Marshall City Council Monday, Oct. 21.

Latimer's project is to place a 25 by 25-foot square concrete slab with a 6 by 10-foot sidewalk with a handicap accessible cut away curb from the community center parking lot, to the east.

However, after further review, the concrete pad will have to be placed further back and the sidewalk will end up being approximately 6 by 30-feet, according to Anderson. This will add an additional 4-5 yards of concrete.

The total concrete cost will be around $1,600-$1,700. Latimer reported good news because Fisher Concrete has generously donated half the cost of the concrete for the project leaving around $800 to be paid for by the city, if approved.

The reinforced steel Latimer figured for the project was also donated by others.

"I think he's done a fine job," Anderson said.

Councilman Vince Lutterbie asked the council to approve up to $1,000 for this project as well as the hours of labor for municipal city workers. Anderson said it would take around 50 hours of labor. The council approved with a unanimous decision.

"It's a benefit to us," said City Administrator Connie Latimer. The city would be responsible for property improvement regardless.

Anderson said the lot is not suitable for other buildings due to the size of the lot, so the project would definitely improve the piece of land.

Anderson and Connie Latimer told the council improvements have been talked about for this parcel since the Martin Community Center was built.

C.J. Latimer will provide the landscaping material and labor to give the project aesthetic appeal.

The project could accommodate up to four 78-inch handicap accessible tables and provide a base for a shelter house or gazebo type structure later, which could be used by the Marshall Municipal Band, weddings and events to generate income for the city.

Councilman Dan Brandt asked the council to review bids for a half-ton pickup that will be used by Municipal Services.

The city received bids for two-wheel and four-wheel drive pickups from Marshall Chrysler, Elmer Hare Ford and John Rector Motors.

With the recommendation from Brandt, the council approved the purchase of a 2014 Ford F-150 four-wheel drive pickup from Elmer Hare Ford. This bid was $6,172 lower than the next bid. It will take approximately 12 weeks to deliver.

The council approved an ordinance authorizing and directing the mayor to execute a contract between Marshall, Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works and Marshall-Saline Development Corporation so MSDC can receive income, if any, for office space at 211 N. Benton as use for business development.

The space has been vacant for many years and with this contract MSDC would be responsible for maintaining that portion of the building.

MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs told the council this space would allow MSDC to rent to a business trying to get established in Marshall. It could be temporary residence until the business is established and could move to another location in Marshall.

"The property is just sitting and decaying," Gibbs said. The council unanimously approved the request.

In other business, the council approved the two workplace discrimination and harrassment policies. The policies expand from previous versions to include all kinds of discrimination to include age, national origin and more.

The next city council meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.

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  • Way to go CJ. Another Scout making a positive impact in our community. This is the leadership development that Scouting teaches. This will make another fine addition to the community!

    -- Posted by Marshall Scouts on Tue, Oct 22, 2013, at 3:12 PM
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