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Marshall City Manager Mark Rohr and city staff write notes Saturday during the city’s strategic “Mobilize Marshall” planning meeting.

This city of Marshall has deemed its June 1 strategic planning meeting, which was attended by over 200 people, a success, with approval of the plan set to take place at the next Marshall City Commission meeting June 13.

Entitled “Mobilize Marshall,” the meeting was a call to action for citizens of Marshall to participate in the process and assist the city in building a guiding document that will create the city’s future.

The plan is a method by which the city plans and prioritizes its goals in a transparent and accountable manner and is a means to efficiently advance Marshall into the future.

Overseen by an experienced facilitator, the meeting engaged with attendees to discuss specific goals for the city to accomplish. Over 50 citizens took advantage of the opportunity to speak to Marshall City Commissioners and staff to express their desires for the community.

“I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all of those who attended the Mobilize Marshall meeting,” cit manager Mark Rohr said. “The feedback that we received from citizens will prove invaluable as we move forward with our plan to make Marshall a better place to live, work, play and attend school.

“I ask those that were in attendance to help spread the word about the day’s events by telling friends and family members, and to share how much of a positive impact can be made if we work together to achieve our goal of a better, more sustainable and vibrant Marshall.”

With citizens’ feedback in mind, Marshall City Commissioners affixed dots to whiteboards that contained projects that citizens voiced were most important to them during the public comment period of the meeting.

Projects ranged from quality of life, economic development, infrastructure improvement and downtown redevelopment, among others.

In an effort to promote full transparency in the process, Commissioner Doug Lewis, who was unable to attend the meeting, will affix his dots at noon Tuesday, June 11 at Marshall City Hall, 401 S. Alamo Blvd.

After the plan is approved by the Marshall City Commission, city staff will then move forward to implement the plan from a vision to a reality.