Marshall named a Legacy Destination City

MARSHALL – The arts and outdoors haven’t been neglected in Marshall during the past few years, and it’s gotten the community some attention. On Tuesday, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts named Marshall a Legacy Destination City for making effective use of state Legacy Grant funds.

Jaclyn Urness, public engagement director for Conservation Minnesota, was at the Marshall City Council’s regular meeting to present the award. The Marshall area has shown commitment to the Legacy Grant program’s goals of promoting the arts and protecting Minnesota’s outdoors, she said. Marshall is one of 11 Legacy Destination Cities being honored around the state – a list that includes much larger cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester.

Since 2010, the Marshall area has received Legacy grants to help support diverse arts projects including orchestra performances, youth dance and arts programs, Marshall’s three downtown murals and the Mrs. Whitney statue along East College Drive. Legacy grant funds also went toward efforts to protect the Yellow Medicine River watershed and to develop stormwater management projects in Marshall.

The city council is currently missing a member, and now city officials will have to decide how best to fill it. On Tuesday, the council voted to officially accept the resignation of Jennie Hulsizer as a council member. At the council’s Aug. 11 meeting, Hulsizer announced that she would be moving and could no longer represent Council Ward 3.

Martig said the city charter calls for the council to appoint a member to complete Hulsizer’s term “as soon as possible.” However, Hulsizer’s seat is also up for election in November, which complicates things. Only one candidate, Craig Schafer, has filed to run for council in Ward 3.

Council members had mixed feelings about appointing a temporary member while the city was in the midst of budget planning, and they were also divided about the possibility of appointing Schafer to the post before elections could be held.

“I have a feeling there may be write-in candidates,” said council member Mike Boedigheimer. He asked if the city could leave the vacant seat open until after they canvass votes in November.

Council members voted to declare a vacancy on the council and return to the issue in September.

Council members conducted a public hearing on proposals relating to the Marshall-Lyon County Library but did not take any direct action. Martig said a joint city/county/library board committee has been meeting to discuss a proposed memorandum of understanding to try and resolve MLCL’s conflicts with the Plum Creek Regional Library System. He presented the council with the memo, as well as proposed updates to city ordinances regarding the library, and a possible resolution seeking membership in Plum Creek again.

However, Martig said he was waiting for some additional legal clarification on state statutes regarding public libraries and did not recommend the council take action on any of the proposals yet. The city council’s next course of action would also likely depend on what actions Lyon County takes as to whether or not to fund MLCL.