Marshall council accepts demolition bid, 2 events approved to use Marshall square

Monday, March 19, 2012
This house on Sharp Street, in Marshall, will soon be razed after the Marshall City Council accepted a bid from Wayne Brown Enterprises. The south side of the roof is caving in on the structure and the eaves have begun to separate. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

Several bids were accepted by the City of Marshall during a council meeting Monday, March 19, including one for the demolition of a nuisance property.

A bid of $3,950 from Wayne Brown Enterprises was accepted for the demolition of a house at 1258 S. Sharp Ave. This is one of several structures the city plans to demolish because it poses a danger. Recently, a structure on South Grant Avenue was demolished, and a property on North Miami Avenue may soon be next.

The accepted demolition bid was the lowest of three, but the council also accepted bids for two Chevy Impalas after only receiving them from one source. The vehicles were previously used by Marshall Police Department. Gilpin Auto Parts offered $790 for the 2005 model and $1,410 for the 2008 model. Parts of the 2005 Chevy Impala have been salvaged and used in other vehicles, and the 2008 model was the previous K-9 unit, according to Police Chief Mike Donnell.

Flags and spray paint mark underground utilities where a house on Grant Avenue once stood. The city originally planned to open bids for this structure March 9, however the house had been stripped of all windows and doors. The city deemed it an imminent danger because of this. Bid solicitations were conducted via phone on an emergency basis. A bid of $1,500 from Randy England was accepted and it cost the city approximately $2,000 to dump the debris, which was removed by the sanitation department. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

The Municipal Services Committee had several updates Monday evening. They will hold a meeting Thursday, March 29, at 5:15 p.m. at the Municipal Services office, 1277 S. Odell Ave. One discussion item includes the citywide clean up, and possibly concerns of city streets.

Councilman Dan Brandt, a committee representative, stated curbside pick up for yard waste will begin Monday, April 2. He also mentioned the city will still have a loader available at the old landfill.

"... the city will load any of their compost or wood chips," he said. "We have equipment out there ... if you bring a truck out they'll load it."

The loading equipment is on site on the second Saturday of each month. Residents who don't require a loader are welcome to pick up compost between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. The service is free of charge.

In other news, city council members approved allowing Marshall Market on the Square to operate on the east side of the downtown square. The 2012 season is tentatively set to run from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from May 12 through Sept. 29. Another annual summer activity, Relay for Life, also requested use of the Marshall square. According to City Administrator Connie Latimer, organizers plan to make it a daytime event, scheduling it from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Council members approved their request to use the inside lane.

Mayor Mark Gooden, City Administrator Connie Latimer, City Attorney Don Stouffer, and council members Tom Hagedorn, Sam Moten, Ron Duvall, Dan Brandt, Vince Lutterbie, Barbara Utlaut and Sheila Cook were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. Monday, April 2.

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  • Is there going to be a city wide cleanup period for items not normally picked up again this year?

    -- Posted by outsider on Mon, Mar 19, 2012, at 11:38 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Councilman Dan Brandt reports that the citywide cleanup will be discussed at the next Municipal Services meeting March 29. He expects the annual cleanup will be scheduled sometime in April.
  • Does anyone know where you can dispose of an old tire?

    -- Posted by momaster on Tue, Mar 20, 2012, at 7:40 AM
  • I think tire stores and auto dealers will dispose for a modest fee.

    -- Posted by Interested Too on Tue, Mar 20, 2012, at 10:26 AM
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