The Marcus Council under the leadership of Mayor Darrell Downs is pleased to see the development of the "Marcus Business Park" which is being developed at an estimated cost of $1 million. The council realizes in order to draw businesses/manufacturers into Marcus, there has to be a place for them to be situated with good streets, sewer and water. The council has been busy planning this project for some time.
Downs had applied in behalf of the town for an urban renewal grant to develop 14 lots to accommodate businesses that show interest in Marcus. The area is right north of Rupp Laser Car Wash and goes east before turning south and down to Highway 3.
The council used the $236,000 grant as seed money to begin the project and the remaining money coming from bonds.
The council is also deliberating about making the Marcus Public Library more energy efficient. They are planning to add insulation to the building, removing rock from the roof and using a membrane for temperature efficiency. Energy has become an important item on the town's over all budget.
The council listens to Chuck Knudson, city attorney, about the nuisance on the north end of Main Street that is referred to as the Holloway building. The building is in terrible disarray and is considered as a hazard to the community. It is surrounded by yellow tape to keep folks out and away. If the town goes ahead and destroys the building, cost is estimated as high as $8,000. The town already has leans on the property. Allegedly, a former resident claims ownership which is n doubt who truly owns it.
Steve Gettner visited with the council about folks lying to the zoning board and sought advice on how to best deal with these people. Several suggestions were made as they stressed the need for complete communications. The council wants the public to be able to see a written copy of which ever ordinance deals with their particular situation and to make sure a follow-up is done.
The community center is now operating in the black. The council felt the new board is doing a great job of managing the community center.
Another positive change is the new front entrance to the city hall which is totally handicap accessible. New awnings, light fixtures and plantings will spruce the building up even more. The idea is to make sure the town puts its best foot forward to attract others to Marcus.