Anderson talks needs for Municipal Services for Marshall
Marshall City Council met Monday night, Dec. 18. Municipal Services Director Bill Anderson provided information about what the department needed in regards to its fleet of refuse trucks.
Anderson spoke about the new trash truck recently acquired. He said there are a total of eight trucks. Currently, five trucks are in good condition and are in use every day.
"There's two out of the three trucks that I've labeled as 'we need to sell immediately,'" he said. "There's just more repairs than necessary. They're not feasible to keep sinking money into."
City Councilman Ron Ott asked Anderson about the number of trucks needed to efficiently operate.
"We need a minimum of six. Seven is the best," Anderson replied.
The new trash truck would replace one of the two in poor condition, according to Anderson. He said with that truck, the department is in better condition than without it.
Anderson also said a previous quote for a new truck was good until the end of January.
Marshall City Council members asked if he could provide a plan of what the department needs, how long the trucks would last and other projections and costs needed to efficiently operate. Anderson said he would work on a plan detailing those requests.
In other business, City Administrator David Haugland explained the previously passed engine brake ordinance needed to be amended.
"Once it was passed, we were notified by a company in Connecticut, it's Jacob's Vehicle Systems, that they have trademarked the term 'jake brake,'" he said.
Haugland said the ordinance referred to engine jake braking, but was not put on the posted signs.
"So what we've done was just amended this ordinance, taking out the term 'jake brake,'" he said.
The council heard both readings and approved the amendment.
City Councilman Kirk Arends asked Haugland about an update on the Marshall Habilitation Center property. Haugland said he had talked to a couple of people and indicated Missouri Governor Eric Greitens still has not signed the paperwork to transfer the property to the city.
"I think having somebody who's close to the inside … either one of them may be able to help get that signed to us," Haugland said. "We continually try to move forward as quick as we can."
Arends also said Marshall Public Schools is waiting on the property transition and is hesitant to move forward with any projects.
"I've talked with (Assistant Superintendent) Dr. Lorenz and I know they're kind of holding off on some things, and their window is getting shorter for them to be able to do some things next year if we don't get this done," Haugland said.
Additionally, Mayor Mark Gooden appointed Haugland to the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Board for a one-year term, expiring Jan. 1, 2019.
The council also heard reports from City Councilman Dan Brandt. He said the yard waste pick up is done. However, the landfill will still be open Monday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for anyone who wishes to use that service.
Ott reported the city audit is still being completed and should be sent within the next 30 days. The year-to-date revenue and expenditures are currently on track with the city's budget for the first two months of the fiscal year, Ott added.
In final business, Brandt moved to change the January meeting times due to the holidays. City Councilman Charles Guthrey was absent. All other members approved adjusting the January meeting dates. The first meeting would be moved to Tuesday, Jan. 2, due to New Year's Day, and the second meeting would be on Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.