During the regular meeting of the Marcus City Council, held Dec. 12, council members passed a motion to budget $9,000 to the community center and have the city pay the gas and electric bill.
City Clerk Bev Alesch and Council Member Sheree Ogren were invited to a Community Center Board meeting in an effort to assess how the city might help support the community center.
They proposed to the board that the rent money from Verizon of $6,000 a year, and the 0.135 cents per $1,000 of evaluation of city property valuations which will be approximately $2,893. In addition, the offer of $1,500 from the city budgets for Main Street was made. It was also reported that the Community Center Board is looking into programmable thermostats to help decrease the cost of electric and gas bills at the center. The approved $9,000 budget for the community center will begin in the new budget year.
In other business, citizens spoke out against stop signs being installed at the corners of West Cedar and North Linn. Currently, a two-way stop at the north and south intersections exist. Some citizens want a four-way stop installed. Those against the four-way stop stated that it would be a hindrance for hauling grain to have a stop sign there.
When Ogren asked the citizens about heavy traffic, the reply was that there was no heavy traffic for an extended time.
Another citizen stated that there is no need for a four-way stop sign because there is not a four-way stop sign until Main Street on any east to west streets except at the school. West Cedar is a through street for businesses to receive and get products into town. At one time the street was a highway. Another concern voiced was the difficulty in getting started at that corner if it were icy because there is just enough of a grade to make it difficult. The matter is up for further discussion at the next council meeting.
In the monthly police reports, Police Chief Ebert reported that he believed the dog owned by the Thompson family was out of town, however the family has posted a sign that reads "Beware of Dog." The Sheriff's Department was called after the public hearing last month on a report that the dog was running loose, however, the dog was home by the time the sheriff's department arrived.
Ebert also reported that with the moving of one child care provider and a new one that has been registered, there would only be an east lot on the north side of East Cedar and the last two lots on East Pine Street where a sex offender could live should council members adopt an ordinance limiting the distance where sex offenders could live from places where children congregate.
In an effort to help resolve the stop sign concern, Ebert also reported that in the month of November he spent six hours monitoring West Cedar Street and did not have to issue any warnings or citations.
The City Attorney reported that the city has now acquired the property where the Family Table was formerly located. The next step is to have the alley behind it surveyed to find the middle and resolve the boundary issues. He also reported that before the proposed Business Park can be annexed into city limits the legals need to be completed. The Holloway case involving the nuisance ordinance is still pending.