In a special meeting of the Marcus City Council held Monday, Nov. 21, a public hearing was held concerning an appeal by citizens, Carl and Vickie Thompson on violation of Ordinance #271 Section 10. The ordinance does not allow for the keeping or harboring of vicious dogs. Vicious dogs are considered those who attack without provocation.
Police Chief Ebert gave the citation after an incident at the Thompson home on Nov. 7, where Ebert was allegedly bit by the rottweiler, leaving a bruise. The Thompsons, who are new to Marcus, presented evidence to the council showing and stating the loving nature of the dog they have owned since a puppy, around five years.
Another citizen relayed an experience they had with the dog while out for a walk with his family. He said the dog was tied up but lunged and barked at the family with fur raised on the back of his neck. Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen was also available to relay another incident where he responded to a call to the Communications Center. A call was made to report the dog walking around the neighborhood and growling at children.
Thompson then asked the deputy about the dog's behavior while he was there, apparently the dog was not vicious in his presence. City council members asked Thompson about other alternatives for the dog such as placement with family or friends who live outside city limits. Thompson said he did have alternate arrangements but indicated he would prefer to keep his dog since it is considered a member of the family.
City council members motioned and approved for the removal of the dog from the city limits. The Thompsons still have a right to appeal the decision.
In another heated debate city council members continued the discussion concerning placement of a four-way stop. Police Chief Ebert did some further research on the matter, using the rules issued by the Federal Highway Administration.
Citizen Mike Dias previously had presented six factors indicating a need for the four way stop and Ebert expanded on those factors. Traffic control devices can not be installed on main through streets without an engineering study. An engineering study is only necessary if five or more crashes occur within a 12 month period. The volume of traffic from both directions must be at least 300 vehicles per hour and the combined bicycle and pedestrian traffic must exceed 200 per hour. The speed of traffic at the intersection must currently be above 40 mph, which is not the case in Marcus.
City council members reiterated that the matter was only up for discussion and tabled a decision for another time.
City clerk, Bev Alesch and Councilwoman, Sherre Ogren were appointed to work with Community Center board members to prepare some recommendations on how the city could help the Community Center stay open and available to the public.
Powder Players, Inc., a snowmobile club from Remsen was approved to use the snowmobile trails in and around Marcus after showing a certificate of liability for insurance purposes.
For the first time in 20-25 years the water plant and the city of Marcus have determined the boundaries of the plant in writing. One more survey needs to be conducted before the boundaries can be approved.