Hulsizer resigns from city council

MARSHALL – Marshall city officials got some news Monday night that will change the makeup of the city council. However, that change isn’t related to upcoming elections. During the council’s regular meeting, council member Jennie Hulsizer gave notice that she was resigning from office.

Hulsizer told council members she enjoyed serving on the council and working together with fellow council members.

Hulsizer said she was moving and was stepping down because she would no longer be a resident of Marshall Ward 3.

She was first elected to the Marshall City Council in Ward 3 in 2006, and was reelected in 2010.

Marshall City Administrator Ben Martig said the council will be able to officially accept Hulsizer’s resignation at its next regular meeting. After that, he said, the council will have 30 days to take action to appoint a council member to complete Hulsizer’s term in office.

Business concerning the Marshall-Lyon County Library was before the council again Monday.

City council members are preparing to start talks about a memorandum of understanding regarding library issues. At the same time, Marshall City Administrator Ben Martig said, members of the city’s Legislative and Ordinance Committee have recommended the council approve updates to part of the city code outlining the Marshall-Lyon County Library Board’s duties.

“We did want to go through and explain it,” Martig said.

He said some of the proposed ordinance changes update the language describing the library board’s duties and the designation of library funds, to reflect Minnesota statutes. One change would give the city council the authority to decide whether the library will participate in a regional library system.

In discussion, council members emphasized that the proposed ordinance was only being introduced on Monday. More discussion on the proposal would be held at a hearing Aug. 26, before the council would take any action.

Another section of the proposed changes spells out the library board’s makeup, either with or without a membership in a regional public library system. MLCL withdrew from the Plum Creek Regional Library System earlier this summer, and at its most recent meeting, the Lyon County Board announced its intent to end its partnership with MLCL effective Dec. 31.

If MLCL is a member of a regional library system, the proposed ordinances said, the library board will have nine members, including a Lyon County Commissioner, two residents of Lyon County outside Marshall, five Marshall residents and one Marshall City Council member. If MLCL ceases to be part of a regional system, the library board would be reduced to seven members: one city council member and six residents of Marshall.

The final proposed ordinance would have the biggest change for library operations. The L&O Committee proposed an addition to city codes on the library, under the heading “Membership.” The addition was one line long, reading, “Any decision on the library’s membership in a regional library system shall be made by the City Council.”

Marshall City Attorney Dennis Simpson said state statutes allow for the city to make a decision to participate in a regional library, on the recommendation of the library board.

Martig noted that the memo of understanding proposed by council member Glenn Bayerkohler to resolve issues related to the library called for MLCL to rejoin the Plum Creek system.

Council member Mike Boedigheimer said that, while the city gives departments power to set their own procedures, “To me, a policy is made by elected officials.” Deciding on regional library participation is a policy question, he said.

Council member John DeCramer said he was in favor of most of the proposed ordinance changes, “Except, realistically, the last line.” Decisions regarding the library might be best left to the people with the closest knowledge of the subject, he said.

The council voted 6-1 to introduce the proposed ordinance updates. DeCramer cast the dissenting vote.