Marshall councilmen appoint new councilwoman, talk about Hab Center reuse concept

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Curious members of the community look at the new Hab Center concept before Marshall City Council starts its regular meeting, Monday, Aug. 6.
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The Marshall City Council met for its regular meeting to swear in a newly appointed council member, discuss a city project and hold a tax hearing, on Monday, Aug. 6.

Resident Craig McDaniel came to the meeting to update the board on the dog park concept. In June, 1,200 feet of fence were donated. McDaniel and other volunteers believe they will need more material, but McDaniel reassured the board that many people want to help and donate to make this project possible.

Councilman Ron Ott updated the board on the budget for the year 2018-2019. The city administration submitted the first draft to the budget committee, and they are currently reviewing it. Ott stated that so far the current budget is “right on target.”

City Administrator David Haugland announced that the first two treatments of the Hab Center Lake were not very successful, but after additional research, new treatments were made and results are much more positive. The lake is supposed to have two more treatments to ensure the cleanliness of the water.

Contractor Tom Roberts has been talking to fishermen, joggers, and walkers to get their opinions on the lake since the beginning of the project.

“I just introduce myself and tell them I am the contractor that has been tasked with cleaning the lake, and across the board the feedback that I am getting from the community is positive,” Roberts said.

The 2018-2019 tax levy, as well as the public hearing for annexation of city owned property, were both approved to be discussed during next the meeting on Aug. 20.

Kim Thompson, representing Marshall Cinema, requested to place a Redbox kiosk on the sidewalk in front of the movie theater. Mcdonald’s will be remodeled at the end of the year, and will no longer have a Redbox kiosk, which is why Marshall Cinema would like to take the opportunity to add one. The council approved her request.

“Basically, the reason that I really want it at the movie theater is to increase foot traffic …” Thompson said. “Hopefully it will be something where if we are open at the time that they want to rent something, they might come in and buy popcorn or something, and that can increase our revenues.”

Every two years the city sends bids out for bank depository. On July 9, the city received five bids from local banks. The board accepted the bid from Exchange Bank of Missouri, which offered the highest interest rate.

The councilmen approved five ordinances during the Aug. 6 meeting. The ordinances included amending the city of Marshall’s equal employment opportunity and affirmative action program policy.

The board approved the final plat of the Legacy Estates subdivision, to build a hotel, as well as residential homes.

Another ordinance was accepted, authorizing and directing the mayor to execute an agreement between the city of Marshall and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the use of grant funds for milling and overlay work on existing streets.

The board accepted an ordinance authorizing and directing the mayor, the Board of Public works, and Cunningham Sandblasting & Painting Co., as well as an ordinance making the appropriation for the payment of accounts out of the different city funds.

During last month’s meeting, Mayor Mark Gooden recommended Kathy Vasquez to be appointed as the new councilwomen for Ward 4, which the board approved unanimously.

Vasquez will take over Rudy Reyes’ position, after he had to resign in June due to a house purchase outside of his ward. Vasquez took the Oath of Office before resuming the meeting with a full board again. Her term will end in April 2020.

Kathy Vasquez takes the Oath of Office during a regular council meeting on Aug. 6. She is the new councilwoman for Ward four in Marshall.
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Councilmen revealed the future plan for the former habilitation center property. The future plan for the property includes a new elementary school, soccer and ball fields, dog park and more.

“We are excited about this partnership. We believe it solves a couple of the needs in Marshall, and also some of the wants in Marshall,” Councilman Kirk Arends said.

“First and foremost we have a need, we need new schools. We needed new schools 15 years ago, we needed new schools 10 years ago…” Arends continued. “ We think this opportunity for the state and working with the school district give a great starting point for a campus.”

Once the part of the former habilitation center needed for the new elementary school is passed to the school district, the school district's Gieringer property, at the corner of Watermill Road and Lincoln Avenue, will be given to the city to create affordable single-family housing.

“There is a forensic building just to the left of that, that forensic building, the state let it, basically kill itself by not maintaining that,” Arends said. “We have to remove that no matter what happens, no matter who takes to property over. So we are removing asbestos, and demolishing that today, as we speak and in the next few weeks.”

The board heavily advised members of the community to come to their meet-and-greet on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 5-8 p.m. The event will be held at the Martin Community Center and will enable people to talk to councilmen and school representatives about the project as a whole.

The board went into closed session, information will follow.

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