The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a plan for voluntary annexation of 22.7 acres of land into the city of Marcus, a decision that will be finalized by the Marcus City council at its meeting on Monday. April 10.
Darrell Downs, mayor of Marcus; Charles Knudson, Marcus city attorney; and Carl Nelson, Marcus City Council member; were present at the Tuesday supervisors meeting to discuss the nature of the annexation.
All of the property to be annexed, which includes land on both sides of Highway 3, will be commercially zoned. It includes property to be used for a planned truck stop that has already achieved the needed level of investment and bids are being solicited, according to Nelson.
"This has been about a three-year project. The group did a marvelous job," Nelson said.
Downs said a study has been made on providing water and sewer service and a plan was developed that will work well. There is a lift station at the nearby golf course and no further lift station for sewer service will be needed.
The supervisors present unanimously approved the annexation plan.
Scott Gebers, director of the Cherokee County Conservation Board, requested that the city provide matching funds for three Automated External Defibrillators for his department.
These portable units are like the ones the sheriff's department obtained last year. They are designed to be simple to operate and will not provide a shock when a heartbeat is present.
The total cost is $6,000 for the three units and $500 for training. Gebers had been approved for a grant that will pay for half of the total cost but the county has to make the purchase before receiving reimbursement.
The supervisors approved the purchase.