Council talks roads, passes 2 resolutions

The Marshalltown City Council passed three resolutions relating to roads Monday night at its weekly meeting.

Resolutions vacating an alley deemed no use to the city and conveying it to the adjacent property owners and setting public hearing for the 2013 general obligation bonds, mainly for street repairs, both passed unanimously.

In December, the city valued an alley between two lots at 705 E. Boone St. at $200. The council passed a resolution that stipulates that the city has no interest in the alley, which is only used by the adjacent residents for parking, and conveyed responsibility of the alley to those residents.

The second resolution set public hearing on $5.6 million in bonds aimed to overhaul the streets; $600,000 of the bond money will be to replace a 40-year-old fire truck for the Marshalltown Fire Department. Public hearing for the sale of those bonds is set for Feb. 11.

“We meant to replace it at 20 years,” Fire Chief Steve Edwards said of the truck. “We just can’t find parts for it anymore.”

The council also voted on the first reading of an ordinance change that would reduce the speed limit on South Sixth Street in lieu of placing a stop sign at the corner of the street and West Merle Hibbs Boulevard. The council previously voted down a resolution to install the stop sign at that intersection.

Tom Deimerly, president of Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee, also spoke to the council on an item removed from the consent agenda. He said he wanted to dispel any rumors about the number of local jobs a new call center will provide. The Des Moines-based company, Calelrius, will provide 50 full-time jobs once it’s up and running.

The company is seeking $95,000 worth of city money to install a generator and 25 work stations. Deimerly said the space the company is looking to operate out of could host up to 100 employees and that the company would eventually look to increase its workforce to that capacity.