Several members of the Marcus Public Library Board addressed the city council about the need to do some repairs on the library. Lois Krekow expressed the sentiments of the board to the council on Monday.
Krekow began with explaining the dire need of a new furnace and air conditioning unit. The board is quite concerned the furnace is about ready to break down and most likely will choose very cold weather to do so.
Both have served the library well but now it is time to do something and do it shortly. She reminded the council that it is not good for books, especially older books, to be exposed to a cold climate.
Krekow noted they sought two bids for replacement, one from Marcus Lumber and another from Gary's Plumbing and Heating. Both have since commented that the price estimate has risen in the last few month; about 15 percent from Marcus Lumber and around $500 per air conditioning/furnace unit since those prices were given. Those prices are good for now and before possible grant money could be obtained, prices could edge higher. Marcus Lumber bid was at $12,149 and Gary's Plumbing & Heating was at $11,950.
Krekow went on to say the south windows need to be reinstalled with high efficient thermal panes to keep cold air out but let sunlight in. The library needs improved lighting to make it more inviting to be there. She also mentioned that the furniture has not been updated since it was dedicated and the board believes the community wants it to be current with the times.
The board has applied for grants to assist with the cost. One such source of a grant is from the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation. It will take time to be approved for a grant but meanwhile the council needs to address this situation. The board is very satisfied with the work of the librarians who do all they can do to provide top service to the community. Now it is time for the council to step up to the plate.
Those present from the board in addition to Krekow were: Martha Hueser, Doris Mitts, Linda Roseen, Mary Ellen Wilkens and Mary Jo Briggs.
City employee Tim Galles addressed the council next about the feasibility of converting a former city garbage truck as a truck for hauling snow or gravel with a plow on the front. Galles explained that the town doesn't have a truck to handle or move much snow.
With added government regulations regarding the environmental impact of snow removal equipment, many communities are scrambling to meet the code. This truck could readily be converted to fill this need which would be more cost efficient than trading it in for what is needed. The plow and hitch mounted costs around $7,270 and the necessary clutch pump installed is $2,800. The truck box estimate is $15,000. The price is good for 30 days. None of this would be delivered for three months as this equipment is in high demand.
The council learned that the city's insurance premium has been reduced due to the fact there has been fewer claims this last year. The council approved the insurance for the next quarter to allow them time to study the issue.
Carl Nelson suggested the council review salaries and meet with employees soon.
The council was informed that the two fund-raisers hosted by the Community Center Board were successful and a third is being planned not too far in the future. The council felt the center's board is working hard to improve the financial situation. The council tabled action on the senior center as they want to wait until council representatives, Chuck Schmillen and Carl Nelson, meet the center's board, The council wants the senior citizens center to be moved to the community center and save utility and insurance costs.
Mayor Darrel Downs noted the Cherokee Landfill will extend the life of the landfill through the making of bio-mass energy pellets which is a plus for the county. He was pleased that all of towns in the county are participating.
City attorney Chuck Knudson informed the council that the Mulder property has now been deeded over to the town and as soon as the legal paper work is completed, the town can go about destroying the building and clean it up. at that time, the town may sell the land to cover some of the clean-up expenses.