Jane Gilbert representing the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) spoke with Marcus City Council members on Monday about wrapping up the final draft of ordinances set by the city so they can move to adopt those ordinances as a whole. It was decided that at the next council meeting scheduled for March 13, they would go through the ordinances with a "fine tooth comb" and finalize the draft. That would allow the council time to finish budget work currently in progress.
The preliminary design and final design contracts for the Business Park were approved for JEO. The engineering firm has completed the preliminary design and after review of the details such as drainage, the final design computations can be completed. The amount of $26,129 was approved for the two contracts and includes engineering fees and permits.
An official motion to annex the land now owned by the city of Marcus was made and approved. City Attorney, Charles Knudson, explained to council members the next steps to take in order to annex the property.
There were several steps involved beginning with preparing the document outlining details of the property to be annexed. Then notifying Cherokee county and Amherst Township of the plan to which each has seven days to respond and 30 days to act against it if they choose.
Then documentation needs to go through to the Department of Transportation which could take between 60 and 90 days. After that the annexation needs to be set down as a notice of public hearing. Then a hearing to adopt the resolution for annexation and file that with Cherokee County. The state is also notified and then the Planning and Zoning Board is brought in to designate the property into a particular zone.
In other business city council members approved resolution #06-02 Depository Resolution. In this resolution two banks in Marcus where designated as depositories for the City of Marcus. Farmers State Bank will have a maximum deposit of $6,000 from the city and First Trust and Savings Bank will have a maximum of $15 million.
The city also discussed and approved a change in long distance telephone carriers to a local telephone company. They also set a Public Hearing on the 2006-07 Budget for March 13 at 7 p.m.