By Nancy Nelson, Staff Writer
In a regular meeting of the Marcus City Council held on May 9 the nuisance abatement issue at the Hennings property continued to haunt council members. The owners of the property have failed to comply with the abatement notice, leaving the council no choice but to issue a municipal infraction which carries with it a fine of $50 for first offense. They also discussed the same issue for the Halloway property, who have been issued municipal infractions, and now the city has a judgment against that property.
The city has also recently purchase a new emergency warning siren and has surveyed the property where it will be located. It will be mounted on a 50 foot pole placed on a property provided by Chuck Schmillen at the north west end of Marcus.
The council discussed the fixing of two storm sewer drains and approved the repair of one to get an idea of the cost of repair for the other. The drains are in need of repair since the brick they are constructed from is crumbling and creating problems.
The council also made an approval for city maintenance employees to set a date for a clean up day that will work around the employees' regular work schedule. They will be scheduling a clean up day in order to provide an opportunity for Marcus citizens to get rid of appliances and other junk.
There was discussion regarding the gifting of a property from the American Legion. The city was not sure if the property was legally gifted since a proper deed could not be found. The issue arose when there was a request to the council to put a new roof on the building in question. The council approved the acceptance of the gifted property with a proper deed issued to the city.
The council approved a $500 donation to the Lions Club to build a new paper collection box. The club has matched the donation with their own $500 and an 8 x 12 box will be built for the collection of recyclable paper.
There will be a Special Meeting held on Thursday evening May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Matt Tobias from the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council will be there to present a program regarding the proposed Urban Revitalization Plan which mainly affects businesses in downtown Marcus.