The Marcus City Council was informed on what it would take to eliminate the Mulder building located on North Main Street at their regular monthly meeting Monday evening. City attorney Chuck Knudson thought he would receive the deed for the building by next week, if not before, as Claire Mulder and his daughter intend to sign off on the deed. Knudson added the abstract would have to be brought up to date and thought tearing the building down would cost around $10-$12 thousand as asbestos will have to be dealt with. The building sits on four lots which can be sold to recover a portion of the costs. The frontage length is around 100 feet. The council believes the building needs to come down in the interest of the public's safety.
On another issue, Knudson reported he has been unsuccessful in contacting the owner of VerMeers. He has written as well as called with no results.
The third issue brought before the council was the need to bring the ordinances up-to-date (to be in line with state law) in regard to zoning board and the duties of an administrator for the board and the board of adjustment. The council asked Jim Ebert if he would serve as a temporary administrator until a full-time administrator is appointed. Paul Busch served in that capacity for a few months but recently resigned. Knudson thought the zoning administrator and zoning board is more needed for Marcus than a board of adjustments.
The council also discussed community center and its financial situation. City clerk Bev Alesch wants the council to decide what bills submitted to her from the center should be paid by the town. She was wondering whether those bills should come out of the $9,000 allotted to the center. The council supports the center with $9,000 a year as well as the heat bill. The council is fully aware that insurance is costly for the center and that the present board is trying to make an effort in paying off back debt. After some discussion, councilmen Chuck Schmillen and Carl Nelson offered to meet with two representatives from the center's board and work out a plan satisfactory to both sides.
Sherree Ogren also reported on the senior center and gave a run-down on their financial history as well as their future. It is hoped by the council that the seniors could be relocated in the community center in the future which could reduce some overhead.
A small group participates in the senior activities. The Meals on Wheels still provides a vital role to many seniors.
The council also heard a report from Steve Quattlebaum, a representative of Alpha-Wireless, on hand-held radios for city-wide communications which would be vital to the local police and fire department. He recommended going with UHF which could run between $7,400 to $9,500 depending upon which features the town would value the most. A decision would be made at a future date.
In other business, the council approved the fourth payment to Brower for paving the new business park in the amount of $138,408; seeding of 22 acres with alfalfa in the business park combine with some land in Country View at the cost of $3,900; the approval of renting that land out to some farmer to bring some revenue in; approved the use of snowmobile trails around Marcus city limits by Powder Players, Inc. Snowmobile Club. The council has homework to do in regards to studying covenants for the new business park as a few are interested in that property.