Marcus City Council members approved several resolutions that will complete the process of expanding the city's limits and enable economic growth at Monday's regular council meeting.
With minor corrections to the plat map for the voluntary annexation of the Marcus Business Park and Marcus Junction, the council approved the annexation of both properties. The properties account for approximately 26 acres in all. Notices will now be sent to all the necessary entities, such as the Department of Transportation, and the state of Iowa regarding the changes made to Marcus' city limits.
With the resolution in place council members were then able to authorize the company, JEO, to proceed with its work on streets and storm sewers for Marcus Business Park according to the final plat map which was also approved at the meeting.
Dan Hingtgen, of L&H Engineers in Cherokee, was available to open the two sealed submitted bids for the water and sewer work to be completed in the Marcus Business Park. Two companies submitted bids. Lundell Construction's total bid was $274,307 and Schmillen Construction's bid totaled $268,687. Hingtgen is to review the bids and then share his findings with council members. The bid will be awarded at a special meeting held Monday, April 17 at noon at Marcus City Hall.
Some of the parameters of the project include beginning the installation of approximately 1,300 feet of water and sewer lines as soon as weather permits and the winning company has 25 working days to complete the project without penalties. Rain days and weekends do not count as working days.
In other business the city council members adopted a resolution which designates the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) as the basis for all incident management in the city of Marcus. The system is used in emergency and disaster situations and cities are required to have NIMS is place in order access various federal grants available for emergency services and training. It is also a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Rezoning of the property located at 203 North Maple, owned by Doug and Margaret Rohwer, from R-1 to R-3 was approved. The couple plans to rent the property out to visitors to Marcus by the day, weekend or week.
A maintenance agreement with the Department of Transportation (DOT) was also renewed as a formality. The agreement allows the DOT to maintain the highway going through Marcus. Maintenance includes repairs, snow removal and general upkeep.
Council members also approved an agreement with Terracon to supply all the soil and concrete testing for the city of Marcus. Their ongoing services are needed in order to apply for grant money available for development. The estimated fee for services are between $1,500 and $2,700. They will be doing the soil and concrete testing for the Marcus Business Park.