The Marcus City Council approved the voluntary annexation of the seven acre property on the southeast corner of Hwy. 3 and 143 where the Marcus Junction truck stop is going to be built.
The annexation was approved to not only add property tax income to the city but so the facility can take advantage of water and sewer services of the city. The next step involves deciding the best way to bring in the sewer and water lines to tie into the city services.
There has been concern lately over the speed of vehicles at the intersection of North Linn and West Cedar. A four way stop sign was suggested to slow down traffic since children cross those streets going to school.
The board was reluctant to consider a four way stop and asked for other suggestions. Police Chief Jim Ebert commented that the state would not allow the installment of a stop sign to slow traffic. Other suggestions were caution lights, pedestrian signs, and enforcement of speed limits.
Council members finally approved a motion to increase law enforcement of speed limits and possibly posting pedestrian or caution signs.
During the monthly police reports portion of the meeting, Ebert reported a light month crediting the high price of gas for the decrease in the amount of traffic violations.
People are apparently slowing down and possibly parents are putting a halt to the amount of 'cruising' their teens do. Ebert also mentioned a reminder of the no parking on any streets after 2 a.m. which is in affect from Nov. 1 to March 1 every year. Open burning will be allowed beginning Oct. 15.
Mayor Darrell Downs questioned Ebert and council members about the vandalism of the new restrooms at the city park. It was decided that if the vandalism didn't cease and desist that the restrooms installed for the convenience of the community would be closed.
In the city attorney's report, Charles Knudson updated the council on the Hennings property and the progression of action taken by the city council. He said the matter is in a period of advancement in which law enforcement continues to monitor the property and at this point it is too early to judge whether the matter has been resolved.
Knudson also reported that a hearing on the Holloway property will be held later this month and encouraged a member of the council to be present.
In other business the city was offered first chance for the purchase of the property northeast of town where the Family Table will be relocating its building to Ida Grove in November. The council approved a motion for a variance on the purchase price to be somewhere between $6,000-$8,000.
Jane Gilbert from SIMPCO presented the need for the city council to update the comprehensive plan developed for the city in 2004. There are 86 tasks listed in the document that need to updated as either complete or adjusted to get those goals completed.
She expressed the importance of keeping the document current so the city can continue to receive state and federal funding. Council member Sheree Ogren and city clerk Bev Alesch agreed to meet with a planner to go through the document.
Every town in the county has developed a comprehensive plan that fits in with an overall county wide plan.
The meeting wrapped up with the approval of trick-or-treating hours for the city of Marcus. Businesses in Marcus have put together a business to business trick or treating time on Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Door to door trick-or-treating was approved for 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31. It was also mentioned that Heartland Care Center is inviting trick-or-treaters to visit residents at 5:30 p.m.