Marshall mayor recommends appointments, 2 meet-and-greets planned

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Marshall City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 2, in regular session where Mayor Mark Gooden announced new appointments for the Board of Public Works and Board of Building Code Enforcement. 

Gooden recommended Wick Jacobi, vice president of Wood & Huston Bank, to the Board of Public Works, and Tim Butner for the Board of Building Code Enforcement due to a vacancy left by a retired member.

The council will vote on the appointments at the next meeting.

Councilman Dan Brandt presented the Municipal Services and Personnel Committee report and offered  the stormwater tip of the week, which is to shovel snow from the driveway to sidewalks rather than spreading salt. He said the salt damages stormwater and local ponds and is not good for the concrete either.

Additionally, trash pick up is delayed a day this week. And there will be a Municipal Services Committee meeting on Friday, Jan. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at the City Office Building. During the meeting, continuing discussion on the recently obtained additional trash truck will be on the agenda, as well as a budgeted item pertaining to a snow truck and information about the bid process for that item.

In the Community Development and Code Committee report, Councilman Charles Guthrey said during December the city issued 28 permits. 

"The value of construction was $510,695," he said. "And we collected $1,282 in fees."

Compared to the cummulative amount for the year, there were 597 permits issued, with a total value of more than $12 million. He said the city collected more than $37,000 in fees from those permits. 

Councilman Chuck Hines presented a report from Fire Chief Tony Day.

The recent early morning fire on Tuesday, Jan. 2, prompted a fire safety tip about home heating with space heaters. Families should keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, which can include a furnace, wood-burning stove and space heater, Hines read in the statement. The 3-foot zone would include anything that could burn, including drapes, furniture and electronics.

Councilman Dewey Hendrix offered a report from Police Chief Mike Donnell. He said the police department will hold a meet-and-greet at Martin Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m., where the public can see the police department's new K-9 officer, Razor, in action.

Hendrix also relayed other information from Chief Donnell reminding residents with the freezing temperatures to make sure pets are taken care of responsibly by ensuring they have water and are warm.

Gooden also announced there will be a town hall meeting Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:45 p.m. at Martin Community Center. 

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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