Marshall City Council discusses nuisance violations, upcoming municipal election

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Marshall City Council met on Monday, Nov. 5, during its regular meeting and discussed nuisances and municipal elections, among other things.

Public Relations and Public Safety Committee member Chuck Hines gave safety tips. Hines explained it was a good time to check the battery on smoke detectors, as well as provided tips on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

"Don't leave your stove top cooking unattended. Keep knives, matches, and utility lighters out of children's reach," Hines said.

Hines also encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote on Nov. 6.

City Administrator David Haugland announced that before the regular council meeting on Nov. 19, the city council and the Marshall Chamber of Commerce will host an open house at 5 p.m. to recognized the Marshall FFA chapter on its achievement of being named the National Model of Excellence winner for the second consecutive year.

The Marshall Chief of Police Mike Donnell came to address how the police have been dealing with suspected nuisance violations. Due to some Supreme Court rulings that have recently come out, police officers cannot step on a property to investigate something that is a criminal matter, unless they have a search warrant from the municipal court.

"So we are kind of handling nuisances in two different avenues right now," Donnell said."We are handling nuisances with things that we can see from the street, that we can take pictures of, and going after those things both on the nuisance side clean up and on the criminal side."

The police department has been locating the nuisances and taking pictures before entering it in their computer system. The list is later given to Code Official Mike Morgan's office, which locates the property owner and sends a letter out to the owner. Once this is done, and the 10-day letter has been sent out, the police department can go back to the property and take more pictures if they can still see it and write a ticket.

"This is a time-consuming process, because we are going to take these pictures. We take it to his office, his office has to write the letters, letters then come back to us. So if we locate 20 of them, and we take them to his office, it could be two or three days later, then we get the letters sent out," Donnell said. "We are going in a pace that we can handle, that we can go through, that's going out and getting it done."

During the meeting, an ordinance was passed authorizing and directing the mayor to execute a contract between the city and Marshall-Saline Development Corporation. The council had approved the first reading at the last meeting and approved the second reading of the ordinance which is done annually. The city of Marshall will have to pay $25,000 for MSDC's economic development services.

The council also approved the General Municipal Election to be held April 2, 2019. Councilmen Tom Hagedorn - Ward IV, Charles Guthrey - Ward III, Kathy Vasquez - Ward IV, Chuck Hines - Ward II, Dewey Hendrix - Ward I, and Mayor Mark Gooden will be up for election.

"People will be able to file for these positions starting on December 11 at 8 a.m. And if you plan to run for office, you have to have your paperwork submitted to the clerk by 5 p.m on January 15," Haugland said.

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