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COMMUNITY UPDATE

CITY OF MARSHALL, TEXAS
401 South Alamo Street – Marshall, Texas 75670
www.marshalltexas.net

903-935-4421
940-686-2165


 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013
(Volume 2013, Issue 1)


 

FIRE DEPARTMENT HEATER AND
FIRE PLACE SAFETY TIPS

 

By Reggie Cooper, Assistant Fire Chief / City Fire Marshal   

Keep Cozy, Warm, and . . . Safe!
Winter is definitely here and while heating appliances and fireplaces make life comfortable, they're also a major cause of home fires and other problems. The Marshall Fire Department Fire Prevention Officers hope you'll keep the following concerns in mind.

Portable heaters should be Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listed and shut off automatically if tipped over. They should be kept in good condition with no frayed wires or accumulations of dust. Small children or small pets should never be left unattended in the same room with a portable heater, even for a minute. Keep all combustible items, including newspapers, bed linens, furniture, and draperies at least three feet away. Any heating appliance should be plugged directly into a wall outlet—not into an extension cord.

Stationary home furnaces should be kept free of dust and the filters should be changed regularly. Keep all combustible items at least three feet away. Consult your owner's manual, gas, or electric company if you have any concerns about the operation of your furnace. Repairs or modifications should only be made by qualified service technicians.

Every fireplace should have a sturdy screen across the front to prevent logs or embers from flying or rolling out. A spark arrestor across the top of a chimney will prevent sparks from igniting your roof or your neighbors'. Combustible items, including extra firewood, should be kept at least three feet from the fireplace opening. If you use manmade logs in your fireplace, follow package directions carefully; don't attempt to break up a log. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or any other type of flammable liquid to start a fireplace fire.

The fireplace is no place to burn gift wrappings, trash, or other debris. Burning these items can create and release toxic fumes or cause excessive heat that can damage the fireplace. When clearing ashes from the fireplace, be sure to put them into a metal container with a lid—never into a cardboard box or paper bag. Otherwise, the embers are capable of smoldering for days with disastrous results.

The chimney should be cleaned by a qualified professional at least once a year—more if it's used extensively. Chimney sweeps can be found in the yellow pages.

Anytime we add any type of heat to our homes, the risk of uncontrolled fire increases. The Marshall Fire Department hopes you'll keep these tips mind and wishes everyone a warm but safe winter.

For more information call the Fire Department @ 903-935-4588

 
 
ANNUAL FREE QUARTERLY
CITY CLEANUP DAYS ANNOUNCED AND
FREE RESIDENTIAL DUMP PASSES AVAILABLE

 
By J.C. Hughes, Public Works Director

In cooperation with Republic Industries, the City of Marshall announces four (4) scheduled “Free” Quarterly City Cleanup Days, for city residents only, at the Marshall Convenience Station on Five Notch Road, between the hours of 8:00 am till 4:00 pm on the following Saturdays in 2013:

March   16th
June   1st              
September   7th
November   2nd

Residents may use the Convenience Station at 2300 Five Notch Road “free” during the scheduled Quarterly Cleanup Days as long as space allows; please contact 903-935-1004 for a list of materials NOT accepted, which include, but may not be limited to: tires, batteries, household garbage, large appliances, air conditioners, large concrete blocks, paint, oil, dead animals, and hot water heaters.

City residents are also reminded that they are allowed two (2) “free” dump passes a year, which must be picked up in person at Water Billing Office, located in City Hall at 401 South Alamo. The following rules apply to use of the two “free” dump passes:

·        Each pass is valid for one solid waste disposal at the Marshall Convenience Station - two maximum per year – issued to patron listed as payee on the water bill - no exceptions.

·        Valid ID and/or water bill must be presented WITH the dump pass prior to dumping.

·        Pass is limited to a maximum of 5 yards of debris. Additional yardage will be charged according to the normal Convenience Station fee schedule – no exceptions.

·        Convenience Station guidelines of items accepted will still apply to all free passes.

·        Any misuse or abuse by patron will result in their water billing account being billed for the abuse amount.

 

For information on the Convenience Station guidelines and Free Quarterly Cleanups – please contact 903-935-1004

 

For more information on the two (2) “free” dump passes – please contact 903-935-4435

 

PARKS AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES
COMING SOON – RAINBOW TROUT RETURN
FOR ANNUAL KIDS TROUT FISHING DAY!!!

By Jack Redmon, Parks & Recreation Director

The City of Marshall scheduled delivery of new rainbow trout, older and larger than the previous shipments, in preparation of our Kids Trout Fishing Day which will be held this year on Saturday, February 16th from 12:00 noon till 3:00 pm. Come out and enjoy the fish and Arena Pond for the fourth straight year. Each year record numbers of children, moms, dads, and grandparents show up for the time of their life! Don’t miss it. Most people are unaware that Arena Pond is also stocked year-round with catfish. Kids have caught bass as large as 10 pounds and trout as large as 16 inches long! Come check out one of Marshall’s best attractions.

ARENA PARK LAKE
3310 POPLAR – MARSHALL

Rules and guidelines for the Annual Kids Trout Fishing Day:
Age limit:   3 – 16 (Must be accompanied by adult)
Free bait provided! (Just bring your pole)
(There will be a limited number of loaner poles available)
 

Sponsored by:

City of Marshall Parks Dept.
Martex Evening Lion’s Club
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.

FREE EVENT!! – LOTS OF FUN FOR THE KIDS!!
903-935-4470 - PARKS & RECREATION DEPT.

 

MARSHALL PUBLIC LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

By Anna Lane, Library Director   

The following IRS forms will be available for free at the library as soon as they are shipped:  1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, Schedule A, Schedule B, Schedule EIC (Earned Income Credit), and Form 8863 (Education Credits).  Due to the limited availability of some products by pending congressional action, some instruction booklets may arrive weeks after we receive the tax forms.  As we receive the forms and instruction booklets, we will post an announcement on the library’s Facebook page.  All forms and information booklets are available through the IRS website www.irs.gov.

The Friends of a Public Library have announced their 2013 Book Sale schedule as follows:  January 17-26, March 14-23, May 16-24, August 1-10, and October 3-12.  Sales begin on Friday and conclude the following Saturday.  Hardcover books are $1 and paperback books are 50 cents. To join the Friends, complete a membership application which can be found on the library’s website www.marshallpubliclibrary.org in the Friends section.

For more information, please contact the library at (903) 935-4465 or (903) 935-4466 after 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday, visit our website, or like us on Facebook (“Marshall Public Library”).


MARSHALL VISUAL ARTS CENTER
ANNOUNCES NEW ART SHOW

 
By Debbie Swendson,  Art Center Assistant

Beginning January 6, 2013 and running through February 8, 2013, a new Art Exhibit will be showing at the Visual Arts Center at 208 East Burleson from 9 pm – 5 pm Monday thru Friday.

BLENDED VISION

Amanda Smith – Mary Ruff – Ron Munden
 
For more information please call 903-938-9860
 
COVERED BUS SHELTERS
INSTALLATIONS STARTED

 
By J.C. Hughes, Public Works Director

Through a cooperative effort with the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) and the City of Marshall, installation of the first four (4), of an eventual ten (10), covered bus shelters began in late December 2012 and early January 2013. In addition to placement of covered bus shelters throughout Marshall, additional route signage will be added in the next few months to aid in identification of the GoBus mass transit system. at the same time the covered bus shelters are installed. The currently installed four (4) GoBus covered shelter locations are:
·        City Park (Pope Street)
·        ETBU (East Avenue, east of North Grove)
·        TSTC (Main Campus)
·        Wiley College (University Ave., east of Wiley Ave.)
 
Proposed future GoBus installations (on or near):
·        Good Shepherd Medical Center – parking lot
·        Kroger’s – parking lot
·        Marshall Mall – parking lot
·        Wal-Mart – parking lot
·        Brookshire’s – parking lot
·        North Grove at Highway 80 – north of intersection

 

GoBus operates a three route system from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. five days a week – Monday through Friday. All routes start and end at the City Park on Pope Street, and buses also stop at designated sites along routes to pick up passengers. Individuals waiting at any accessible place along any route can also be picked up by getting the bus operator’s attention.

FLEX ROUTE – Riders may also benefit from our local “flex route” type transit system. The “flex route” system allows a bus to modify its route, within 3/4 of a mile from its scheduled route, for a special pick-up or delivery – when a person has made a prior pickup reservation with GoBus or the rider notifies the bus driver upon boarding of their need for a modified drop-off location; call 800-590-3371 to schedule a special pick-up.

 

Each bus takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes to travel their given bus route. Fares to ride the Marshall Bus System are $.50 cent per trip, and if you are elderly, a student, or have a disability the cost is $.25 cents. You may also purchase a monthly bus pass for $20.00 dollars.

 

Scheduled GoBus Routes:

http://www.etcog.org/592/Marshall-Flex-Routes.htm

Route Brochure:

http://www.etcog.org/UserFiles/File/Transportation/FLEXROUTEBROCHURE.pdf

Call GoBus at (800) 590-3371 for more information

 

STG – STOP THE GREASE!!!
GREASE ABATEMENT AND
EDUCATION PROGRAM

By J.C. Hughes, Water Utilities Director

With cooler weather, sewer backup problems involving grease increase substantially due to improper disposal of grease into the drainage and sewer system. The cooler weather causes the grease to harden and stops up your sewer lines, our city sewer mains, and eventually you (or your neighbors) will experience an unpleasant sewer backup and unnecessary bill.

Our Water Utility Department is initiating an education program aimed at providing community awareness and information regarding how the improper disposal of grease in kitchen sinks and toilets can actually stop up City sewer mains. We are asking residents and businesses to take the simple action to STOP pouring grease down your sinks and toilets – it’s not if a problem will occur, it’s a matter of when and where. If the grease does not stop up your sewer service line and back into your home, it will affect someone near you.

 

Using a garbage disposal to dispose of grease and greasy left over foods is another common mistake; the disposal does not breakdown the grease!

PLEASE STOP THE GREASE!!!

For more information please call 903-935-4485
 
 

CDBG STREET IMPROVEMENTS AND
BURLESON STREET OVERLAY STARTED

 
By J.C. Hughes, Public Works Director

Advanced Paving of Dallas, Texas, started work on the 2010/11/12 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Street Overlay Improvement Program, which includes portions of the following locations – scheduled completion early February 2013:

2010 CDBG Street Improvements (CDBG Funds)
o   Olive – from Van Zandt to Avenue D

o   Marianne – from Van Zandt to Avenue D

o   Randolph – from Van Zandt to Avenue D

2011 CDBG Street Improvements (CDBG Funds)
o   East Alvin – from South Carter, east to Dead End

o   Highbridge – reconstruct railroad overpass paving

2012 CDBG Street Improvements (CDBG Funds)
o   Avenue B – from Norwood, east to Marianne Street

o   Avenue C – from Norwood, east to Randolph Street

o   Avenue D – from Norwood, east to Olive Street

2012 Street Improvement Program (General Funds)
o   Burleson – from Grove to Bishop

 
CDBG Funds are received annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for improvements in certified low and moderate income areas.
 
MAJOR CITY EVENTS CALENDAR
Jan – Feb – Mar 2013

Trash pickup – starts at 7:00 am

        Mon. & Thur. - North of Houston and east of Hwy. 59

        Tue. & Fri. - South of Houston and west of Hwy. 59

Recycling curbside pickup – starts at 7:00 am

        Wednesday - city wide (no electronics or glass)              

        Bulk or large item pickup – starts at 7:00 am

You must call Republic Waste at 800-678-7274 to schedule pickup at least two days in advance

City Brush and Bulk Station - 8 am till 4 pm Tue. – Sat.

Five Notch Road; I.D. as a city resident required; small fee applies; customers may secure two “free” passes a year at City Hall; please call 903-935-1004 for details of items NOT accepted.

Electronics Recycling Station - 8 am till 4 pm Tue. – Sat.

Five Notch Road; FREE; please call 903-935-1004 for details of items NOT accepted.

Thur.      City Commission Meetings – City Hall Chamber

*MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*

Meetings are held in the Commission Chambers of City Hall, 401 South Alamo Street the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and broadcast live on local cable Channel 20. Residents and interested parties are encouraged to attend; agendas are posted at www.marshalltexas.net.


Sat.        Marshall Main Street Program 9:30 am – 10:00 pm

               2nd Saturday in Downtown Marshall

Saturday January 12th – No 2nd Sat. event scheduled

Saturday Feb 9th – No 2nd Sat. event scheduled

Saturday March 9th - 1st 2013 Main Street 2nd Sat.

              

A street fair and a car show; street vendors open at 9:00 am, live music in the evening in Telegraph Park.; Marshall -home of Boogie Woogie; vendors open at 9 am; Car show registration begins at 4 pm.  

                

Sat.        Saturday Art Party 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

               Visual Arts Center - 208 East Burleson St.

               Adults only – $ fee applies – supplies furnished – a team of art instructors guide painters, using an “exclusive” patent pending teaching method. Call 903-938-9860 for information and reservations.


City Hall Closed - Holidays

               January 21st – Monday – MLK Jr. Holiday

               February 18th – Monday – President’s Day

               March 1st – Friday – Texas Independence Day

               March 29th – Friday – Good Friday Holiday

                                                                                                    

City Quarterly Cleanup Day                   
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
March 16th – Saturday

Residents may use the Brush and Bulk Station on Five Notch Road “free” as long as space allows; please contact 903-935-1004 for a list of materials NOT accepted, which include,  but may not be limited to: tires, batteries, household garbage, large appliances, air conditioners, large concrete blocks, paint, oil, dead animals, and hot water heaters.

 

VISITORS GUIDE AVAILABLE ONLINE
FOR INFORMATION, AND A PRINTABLE GUIDE

Visit: http://www.visitmarshalltexas.org

The Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau can provide Visitors Packets for class reunions, family reunions, meetings, and conventions.  Contact the CVB at 903-702-7777 or visit our office at 301 N. Washington

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