Granting permission for a street dance was among the actions taken at the Marcus City Council Monday evening. Rod Ogren, representing the Marcus Fair Board, requested permission to hold a street dance on June 30 to serve as a fund-raiser. The dance will run from 8 p.m. until midnight with music provided by DJ Dean Hefta, a former Marcus resident.
The dance will be at the Marcus Community Center and will use an adjoining outdoor service area in the alley from the north end extending down to the south corner of the community building. It will be much easier to maintain control. People will be permitted in to attend after purchasing a wrist band for $6 at one of the ID stations. Those attending will have to meet an age requirement since beer will be sold.
Ogren explained how folks like to mill around outdoors to visit and drink a beer or pop while having brats to eat. The street will provide parking space for those in attendance. The funds will be used for improvements on the fairgrounds.
Police Chief Jim Ebert told of the numerous warnings given the past month which may result in tickets being issued in the next couple of weeks if the same violations occur.
Ebert also mentioned that the police car is now on 97,000 miles and perhaps in the next few months, the council should think about replacing the vehicle with a rear-wheel drive car that has enough space for police equipment in the vehicle rather than having guns in the trunk.
Ebert echoed the need to advertise for his replacement as his days on the police department are getting numbered. Ads will be placed in larger town papers in hope to attract some good candidates. Ebert added that down the road the town should purchase a bullet proof vest as the younger policemen are taught to wear them at all times. Cost will run from $800 to $1,500.
Another ad the council will place is to attract five willing citizens to serve on the board of adjustment. Criteria to serve and the responsibilities of the position need to be listed in the ad. The council wants someone to make decisions based on ordinances as opposed to emotions.
A third ad to be placed will be for someone to work in the water and sewer department which may require training time. The council is hoping for someone with experience to step up.
The final ad will be to advertise the sale of a city owned residential lot on Walnut. Sealed bids will be taken to be opened at the July regular meeting.
The council asked City Attorney Chuck Knudson to draw up an urban renewal plan which will assist the town in attracting businesses to Marcus. The council wants the plan to include all commercial areas in the town as well as the new business park. Knudson will also help construct ads for the board of adjustment and employment ad as well.
The local historical society is having a fund-raiser as they need much to equip the building they purchased from the Faith Lutheran Church. The group is selling a unique deck of cards which are being sold to either businesses, groups or families. The four aces cost $200; the face cards are going for $150 and the remaining will cost $60. Orders are being taken for the backs of these cards and whole sets will go on sale as soon as they are printed. The council placed Sheree Ogren in charge of getting their card purchased with a photo of city hall prior to its remodeling on it.
In other business, the council approved Lois Krekow and Mary Jo Briggs to serve another term on the Marcus Public Library Board; beer permit approved for Pizza Ranch and cigarette permits for Casey's, Jeff's Foods and Marcus Junction.
The council will study various proposals for increasing sewer and water rates. They hope to decide what that will be at their July meeting.
The council is very disappointed that the owner of Vermeer's has not communicated with them as a prior agreement has not been lived up to. The council wants to straighten out Holmes Street that comes out to Highway 143 from the new addition but they would like cooperation from Vermeers.