New development coming for South 1st St.?

Local man makes pitch

T-R PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY Garrett Goodman of Marshalltown prepares to answer a question from a member of the Marshalltown City Council at Monday night’s meeting regarding his proposed development of the abandoned Standard Oil property in the 500 block of South First St. while Third Ward Councilor Mike Gowdy looks on. Goodman wants to purchase the property from the city.

A Marshalltown man’s proposal for developing abandoned property in the 500 block of South First St. generated a lot of discussion among Marshalltown city council members at its meeting Monday night, as well as

an Oktemberfest Committee idea to serve alcohol during a concert on the Courthouse Square.

The same man — Garrett Goodman of Marshalltown — is involved in both.

Initially, he spoke of acquiring the city-owned abandoned Standard Old property at 502 S. First St., and converting the area into one for music and other entertainment after the site was properly prepared.

Goodman said the buildings would have to be demolished, and he spoke in general terms of providing entertainment geared to young adults.

“We would offer what people are currently going to see in Ames, Des Moines and Iowa City,” he said.

First Ward Councilor Dan Kester sparked discussion by saying the city’s proposed “price of $13,536 was too much for an abandoned property.”

Goodman asked if he could purchase the property for $1.

After questions and comments by the council, and answers by Goodman, the city council agreed to sell the property for $1 plus attorney and other associated legal and transfer fees, typical in buying property from the city. A motion made by Kester and seconded by Councilman-At-Large Leon Lamer to sell by Quit Claim Deed passed 7-0.

Goodman, also a member of the Oktemberfest Committee, joined organization President Jenny Hart, and broached the council about a proposal to serve alcohol to age-eligible patrons at an outdoor concert the Saturday night of Oketemberfest. Past concerts have been held in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and alcohol has been served at the venue, they said.

However, Goodman and Hart’s proposal would allow all ages into the concet venue.

Goodman and Hart said the effort was designed to bring more of Oktemberfest into the “heart of downtown.”

“We have met with the Marshall County Board of Supervisors and they are supportive,” said Hart and Goodman.

Selling alcohol would offset costs in providing entertainment, said Goodman.

“We would not have to impose on Emerson Process Management/Fisher Controls having to pay for a band at several thousand dollars,” he saId, referring to the company’s past support several years ago which allowed a Beatles cover group to perform to a standing-room only crowd on the Courthouse Square.

Goodman emphasized the selling of alcohol, in his opinion, would not interfere with the “family friendly environment” the festival has maintained and promoted as a marketing initiative over the years.

Overall, council seemed receptive to the idea but wanting more details on enforcement of alcohol sales and keeping customers in designated areas.

Fourth Ward Councilor was candid in his opposition: “I would vote no,” he said.

Goodman and Hart said the Marshalltown Police Department might be hired to provide security, but overtime costs already paid to the department by the city might induce Oktemberfest to considers a private security company.

If that were the case, Lamer said it would be imperative the company would be hired by the city and not Oktemberfest, to insure Marshalltown Chief of Police had control.

Goodman and Hart will report back with more details.

In other action:

— Public Works Justin Nickel will invite architects Prochaska & Associates of Omaha to the July 10 council meeting to brief the council

— Approved a resolution providing notice of withdrawal from the current 28E agreement by the city concerning operation of the Marshall County Public Safety Communications Center. Marshall County has a similar resolution on their meeting agenda today. A new agreement — which would take effect July 1, 2018 — is in the discussion stages. Nothing has changed, but for a new agreement to be effective by July 1, 2018, the old one needs to be terminated. Twelve months notice is required per the current agreement, said City Administrator Jessica Kinser.

— Approved a resolution authorizing mayor to execute Federal Aviation Administration grant agreement documents for the Marshalltown Municipal Airport rehabilitation runway project.

— First Ward Councilor Joel Greer identified UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown President Dustin Wright and The Willows Assisted Living developer Ben Daniels of Fairfield as leaders in the community based on their work to date.

— The council honored city employees Troy McGahuey of public works, Monica Rohde-Fulton of the library, and Bruce Gjetley of public works for service ranging from 10 to 20 years. Rohde-Fulton was present to receive a plaque from Lowrance.

The next regular meeting of the city council is 5:30 p.m. July 10, in council chambers, Carnegie Building, 10 W. State St. For more information, contact 641-754-5701, or visit


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