Marvell Mayor Winston Foster gave his state of the city report last Tuesday night during a public meeting and the Marvell Citizen of the Year presentation ceremony held in the city’s district courtroom.

 

Marvell Mayor Winston Foster gave his state of the city report last Tuesday night during a public meeting and the Marvell Citizen of the Year presentation ceremony held in the city’s district courtroom.
Foster said that the city had reapplied for a $200,000 grant to build a new civic center in Marvell. The decision to try for a new center was due to the fact that it would cost as much to repair the old Davison Civic Center as it would to build a new center. The proposed site would be where the old movie theater was once located on Main Street in hopes of bringing something new to the downtown area.
Foster also introduced the council members to those attending the meeting and stated that since council members only receive $25 a month serving on the council is mostly a labor of love.
Foster also read a letter praising Marvell Police officer Bennie Daniels who went out of his way to help a young motorist who had car trouble as she was passing through Marvell.
Foster pointed out some of the accomplishments the city had made during the past year and one was building a fun park for Marvell’s younger residents and the completion of a basketball court. Marvell’s city hall has a new roof and new floor and the repairs did not cost a thing, according to Foster.
Another big event during the year was the passage of the sales tax, which has given the city room to operate, with the coffers receiving a shot-in-the-arm of around $14,000 a month from the tax. This money is being set aside for street repairs and according to Foster there are a lot of repairs that need to be made.  Foster also reported that county sales taxes are up and they were able to place money in the city employees pension fund.
The city is receiving a $150,000 grant from the governor’s office to help finance the city’s new water tank.  Foster added, “Whatever we spend will be spent wisely.
“We actually ended 2008 with a good bank balance,” concluded Foster.