The Marcus City Council held a public hearing for the express purpose of awarding a contract for the paving of the new Marcus business park as well as grading for the project and the installation of a storm sewer. Myron Daringer, an engineer from JEO consultants of Carroll, was on hand going over the details of the bid.
Brower Construction of Sioux City was awarded the project with their bid of $424,207. The opinion bid was $347, 946. Daringer commented the cost of cement and other materials fluctuate widely at this time and felt Brower would do an excellent job and enjoys a good reputation. Lundell Construction is their sub-contractor.
Mayor Darrell Downs reminded the council that a federal grant of $236,000 has already been granted for the project and he will start immediately applying for yet another. It takes time to go through the grant process.
The council named the three new streets for the business park as they were needed at this time for the legal description of the area. The main street will be referred to as Eagle Avenue; a second is Progressive Drive and the last will be Downs Drive. Mayor Downs has had a major role in bringing the whole idea to life.
The council approved a sign for the side of the new garbage truck limited to $600. The words, City of Marcus Sanitation Department and limited to $600.
The council discussed the possibility of selling a vacant lot on the west side of town, 120 x 140 feet, to someone who might have an interest if building a home on it. Presently the town is responsible for mowing it and it would be good to get the eland on the tax rolls. On the east side of town, a resident had expressed interest in buying some land formerly occupied by the Family Table. The majority of the council felt that land will be needed by the town when the water treatment plant needs expansion in the future.
The council approved WesTel System's plan for a new building placed by their tower off Highway 143. They will give the old building for Marcus to place their communications equipment in with the use of the tower. The town will have a "forever" right to use that tower.
In other business, the town approved a liquor license for Pizza Ranch and a facility agreement with Siouxland Aging Services which provides congregate meals and meals on wheels.
The council also approved individuals who will serve on the 2006-2007 Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation. From Marcus, that included Bruce Schmadeke.