Mayor John Gore was scheduled to give his annual State of the City Address at Thursday's Marysville City Council meeting, a session that is often one of the longest of the year.
But with Gore out, and promising his address on Feb. 14, the meeting nearly set a record for brevity. It was over in 19 minutes.
But not before councilman Henk Berbee gave an encouraging report on the most recent Finance Committee meeting, which featured an end of year presentation by Finance Director Jenny Chavarria.
"The city issued 80 new home permits in 2012 compared to 48 in 2011," Berbee said. "So it looks as if the city is beginning to grow again."
Commercial building permits were also up in 2012 to 98 from 83.
According to Chavarria's report, city employment was 26,900 in December of 2012, up 1,500 from the 25,400 in December of 2011.
The city's current unemployment stands at 5.1 percent compared to 6.2 percent in December of 2011.
City Administrator Terry Emery gave council a series of updates.
Work at the new Municipal Services Complex, 209 S. Main St., is moving ahead on schedule despite the recent bitter cold.
Councilman Dan Fogt asked Emery if the contractor was aware of the difficulties in pouring concrete in extreme weather conditions.
"The footers have been poured for the building with the exception of the apparatus bays. The masonry block work has begun and the rough-in for the underground mechanicals (the plumbing and electrical) has started," Emery said.
City Engineer Valerie Klingman assured Fogt that the contractor "took the two coldest days of the week off and has taken every precaution to deliver the high quality structure we've been promised."
The Police and Municipal Court facility at 1250 W. Fifth St., is also on schedule to open during the first two weeks of April, Emery said.
As tax season approaches, Emery encouraged Marysville residents to avail themselves of the city's income tax assistance.
"The Finance Department will provide residents with city income tax assistance Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 12 and 15 and from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13," Emery said.
W-2 income-only filers may check the appropriate box on the form and have the Income Tax Division calculate their return. All W-2s must be attached, signed and mailed no later than March 16, to allow for processing.