Derril Marshall is nearing the end of his 40 years of service to Fremont and its Department of Utilities.
While his leadership as general manager of the utilities department had made a lasting impact on the city, Fremont leaders wanted to make sure Marshall is remembers for years to come.
On Tuesday, Mayor Scott Getzschman announced that the city’s natural gas-fired turbine plant will be named the Derril G. Marshall Generating Station.
Marshall was hired in 1975 as the city engineer and then served as director of public works for 20 years, beginning in 1979. In 1999, he was appointed general manager of the utilities department. He also served as interim city administrator during vacancies.
“We certainly appreciate all your years of service,” Getzschman said. “… This community can be extremely proud of how efficiently you have ran this utility. We’re extremely lucky. We have generators that should be gone by now, but they’re still running for at least 10-15 more years. It couldn’t have been done without your guidance.”
Marshall thanked those he has worked with over the years.
“You’re only as good as the staff around you and the people who work for you,” he said. “The Board of Public Works has been very easy to work with, they’ve studied the projects we need to do and done a very good job. I appreciate that.”
A public reception honoring Marshall will be held 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the city council chambers at the Municipal Building, 400 E. Military Ave.
In other business Tuesday, the council:
* Heard second readings of ordinances amending utility rates, including electric, natural gas, water and sanitary sewer.
* Heard the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone land at 1520 Railroad Street from general industrial to light industrial.
* Accepted the resignations of Jan Therien from Library Board, Mike Emanuel from the Planning Commission and Cathy Casey from the Board of Adjustment.
* Approved a resolution approving Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust fund grant.
* Appointed John Brady and John Gieselman Jr as police sergeants.
* Approved a right of entry agreement with U S Army Corps of Engineers to allow testing and investigation of ground on city-owned land for levee project.
* Approved, after the third reading, an ordinance creating a sanitary sewer district between 17th and 16th streets and Main Street and Park Avenue.
* Approved final pay application for the alley paving project from Fifth Street to Sixth Street between Logan Street and Platte Avenue.