MARCUS - The Marcus City Council was approached by Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) director Mark Buschkamp about several matters Monday night, including the possibility of the First Cooperative Association to erect a large steel storage bin to hold 500,00 bushels of corn.
The need for the cooperative is having corn stored nearby for the Little Sioux Corn Processors Plant. The bin would be placed next to the old fertilizer building on the north side of Railroad Street at the west end of the FCA property line.
Buschkamp went over the list of accomplishments for CAEDC and noted various enterprise zones, as well as asking for yearly dues of $4,500. No action was taken as the annual budget has not been completed.
Local librarian Maxine Shea approached the council about the need for two new furnaces in the public library at an estimated cost of $12,000. The local library board will complete a Legacy Grant application for $7,500 and asked the council to donate $5,000 towards the cause. With the town's input towards the cost, it would assist the grant in being more successful. This money is derived from gambling revenues.
Steve Kunzweiler also appeared in front of the council to ask for $7,000 to help defray costs of the Main Street program. They need $22,000 and hope to attain that amount with a third from the town, another third from local businesses, and the last third from private donations. Again, the council deferred until the annual budget has been set.
City Attorney Chuck Knudson reported that the town will need to pay around $3,000 expenses, which includes back taxes, abstract expenses and attorney fees. The council will hold the building until the expenses have all been paid.
Bev Alesch was appointed to serve as City Clerk for 2007. The council approved a four-percent increase for city employees salaries. The council approved four new pool rule signs to be up prior to the pool opening this summer. The council approved purchasing five phones from U.S. Cellular at a monthly fee of $110 for 1,000 shared minutes.
Mid-Sioux asked for a $1,000 donation for this year but the council remained with $800 which it has been for the last couple of years.
The budget meeting was set for Jan. 29th at which time every item in the budget will be gone over.
The following appointment s for committees were set as follows: Water & Sewer: Chuck Schmillen and Steve Galligan; Streets: Conrad Ebert and Tim Galles; Park & Pool: Sherree Ogren and Rich Schmidt; Community Protection: Carl Nelson and Conrad Ebert; Solid Waste: Dave Rohwer and Carl Nelson; Mayor Pro-Tem: Chuck Schmillen; City attorney: Chuck Knudson; Landfill commission: Steve Galligan; and Mayor Darrell Downs.