Council approves new meeting schedule

The Marshalltown City Council’s experiment became permanent Monday.

The council voted 4-2 to continue to meet twice each month.

The council moved to the schedule in May, eschewing the previous approach of including a Committee of the Whole meeting at which issues were discussed but not voted upon.

Mayor Tommy Thompson proposed the change in April, saying then that fewer meetings would create less time commitment for council members.

Council members Al Hoop and Bob Schubert voted again the measure; Marla Grabenbauer was absent.

“When we had committee meetings, you get closer to the residents,” Schubert said.

Closed session postponed

The council planned to hold a closed session to discuss a real estate transaction, however, Thompson suggested postponing that session as City Administrator Randy Wetmore was absent because of illness.

Locations for police, fire discussed

The council approved spending $20,000 to hire FEH Associates Inc. and McLaren, Wilson and Lawrie of Wheaton, Ill. to evaluate four potential locations for new police and fire stations. The council did not discuss where those locations would be.