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Marshall city offices find temporary home at SMSU

MARSHALL — Starting in December, Marshall’s city offices will be headed across town to make room for construction work at the City Hall building on Main Street.

On Tuesday, Marshall City Council members approved a lease agreement with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for temporary office space on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

“The SMSU administration has been very responsive” to the city’s space needs, said Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes.

According to the lease agreement, the city will be occupying about 9,312 square feet of space in the Social Sciences building at SMSU, starting in December and running through June 1, 2021. The city would lease a total of 31 office and classroom spaces in the building. The total cost of the lease would be about $138,000, not including parking and possible electrical work.

Marshall City Administrator Sharon Hanson said SMSU will cover the cost of utilities except for phone and internet service, and provide janitorial, maintenance and snow removal services. Hanson said the city will re-delegate job duties for its current maintenance staff while city offices are on campus.

The move from Main Street to SMSU will take place during the university’s winter break, Hanson said.

The lease agreement also allows around 30 parking spaces at SMSU for use by the city motor pool, city staff and members of the public visiting city offices. The parking spaces would be in two of the parking lots on the east side of campus, near the Social Sciences building. The planned public parking spots would be close to a main sidewalk leading up to the Social Sciences building.

Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson said the city will work to get parking information out to the public when city offices move.

City council members voted 5-1 to approve the lease agreement. Council member Russ Labat cast the dissenting vote, and council member Glenn Bayerkohler abstained. Bayerkohler is a faculty member at SMSU.

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