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Council talks library, sports center projects

March 12, 2014

MARSHALL — Building projects within the city of Marshall made up most of the city council’s business at its Tuesday night meeting....

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allenlyon

Mar-12-14 11:27 AM

Clarity check please.

What is the sports complex plan, what are the possibilities, what is locked in regarding what voters supported? Are there secret plans for a minidizney world that we don't know about? Could we change this to a video-game history center when everyone decides to stay home with their screens?

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DuPage

Mar-12-14 1:42 PM

We don't seem to learn from past mistakes. We have a half stadium at the SMSU that was half funded when construction started. The dome needed to complete the structure will never be funded and installed. (To those not familiar, the project was sold as a "sports arena - outdoor convention center". We are the proud owners of a "bridge to nowhere." Progress is great, but it takes diligent planning. And these ball fields that don't meet current standards: Is it less expense to build new or modify what we have? I haven't heard comment on that.

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DuPage

Mar-12-14 1:49 PM

Should read: (To those not familiar, the project was sold as a "sports arena - outdoor convention center with a dome").

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56two58

Mar-12-14 1:55 PM

Agree with the comments. The "hockey arena" will not do what was proposed with only 1 sheet of ice. Where and what is the plan? Lay it out there for us...

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realworld

Mar-12-14 3:08 PM

Thought the city sales tax was to fund the Regional Sports Complex that was originally designed with two sheets of ice. The City has already used some of this money on the Whitney Statue and now they want to use more for softball fields! First it was City Hall, now all of a sudden the current softball fields are no good, perhaps we need to get a new fresh perspective from new city officials.

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snowdin

Mar-12-14 7:21 PM

I cast my vote in favor of the sports complex because it included TWO sheets of ice. Is it true that money earmarked for the complex has already been used for the Whitney Statue? Why do the leaders of Marshall continue to garner support for projects using one set of plans, but once the project gets approval make changes that are so far off from the intensions of the voters?

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snowbird

Mar-13-14 9:47 AM

snow, you're right on. They presented this project to the voters for 2-sheets of ice. Since I'm still residing down south and not 100% sure but I believe not only have they used tax dollars for the Whitney Statue but I think I've read that they also used these same sales tax dollars for the Foggerty mural. Residents and taxpayers should be asking questions and demanding answers. This was not what was presented to the voters.

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DuPage

Mar-13-14 2:18 PM

According to an article published in the August 19th,2013 Independent, regarding funding for the Whitney Statue, "Funding from a state Legacy grant made the sculpture project possible". "Additional funding for the statue is being provided through the sale of dedication bricks."

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DuPage

Mar-13-14 2:24 PM

Regarding funding for the Fogarty mural, according to an article in the July 24,2013 Independent, "Funding for the artist's agreement will come from several sources - including $20,000 funded through the 1.5 percent city tax helping to fund the sports center, Weilage said. Weilage said the painting's planned display at the sports center helped connect it to the project. Other funding sources include a raffle fundraiser that raised $15,000 and five corporate sponsors contributing a total of $12,500. He said the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council also has $9,600 in funding that will go toward construction of the mural." Guess that's how it happens.

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56two58

Mar-13-14 4:21 PM

I'd like some transparency on the mural project. I believe that was supposed to be a fundraiser for the facility, but has ended up being in the red.

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56two58

Mar-13-14 4:26 PM

I was sold on the premise that 2 sheets of ice and a nice facility would attract teams from the region - ripe to play hockey in MN - from IA, SD, NE, KS, etc. You can not adequately hold a tournament on 1 sheet of ice (or even with the fairgrounds as a 2nd). You need 2 sheets in one facility. The SMAC site says: "The facility is planned to be 78,200 sq. ft. with two sheets of ice." Now, I read that an option is 1 sheet of ice in the council meeting? Not sure what is true here.

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