By Nancy Hohbach
At its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, the Marcus City Council listened to a proposal by Jim Hunt presented on behalf of himself and his wife Diane. The couple has started a business which is referred to as "Nuisance Professionals". He explained how they would work on a case by case payment to assist the council in eliminating nuisances within the city limit.
The council was pleased with the means that the Hunts can use to get things accomplished and will opt to call them in on a case by case situation. The council wants to move ahead to eliminate a few more nuisances in Marcus. Some folks have seemed to stall rather than move ahead cleaning up their property.
The council also received final papers from Scott Stevenson who represented Ruan Securities. The council used Ruan to cover the $850,000 for a town project but the financial arrangement was an interim one. The town will make 10 payments every year on July 31 beginning this coming July 31st.
Appearing in front of the council, Jerry and Barb Martin asked for a change in zoning the property at 804 East Cedar from R1 to R3. They have purchased that property and are going to fix it up so people who are visiting in Marcus may rent it out for short term. It will be completely furnished when the project is completed. The council approved the change.
Also appearing was a representative from the Marcus Fair asking for permission to hold another fun run 5K and a one mile walk. Last year they had 65 participants and made $770 profit to go towards their community projects. The council approved the idea and also approved the Marcus Fair parade route which is basically the same as in the past several years.
The council listened to Police Chief Jim Ebert read a state ordinance regarding golf carts. Marcus presently has no ordinance. The council noted the town needs one to avoid a horrible accident. Basically the state insists that all cart drivers on city streets should have a valid license; the cart should have a slow moving sign as well as a flag on it. The council agreed and an ordinance will be prepared for next week's special meeting.
The city attorney opened one bid for the two lots for 201 and 203 Walnut. The question was raised that no one had seen an ad in the paper. Everyone concluded that the ad was not placed therefore they will wait to decide on bids until everyone has the opportunity to know about the lots. They will wait until their August meeting to open bids.
One person has volunteered to serve on the board of adjustment. A few will be contacted and hopefully the appointments to the board will be forthcoming.
The council unanimously approved new water, garbage and sewer rates. Beginning on October 1, bills will be sent out monthly making it easier for many to pay their bill. The increase was minimal and still is the least expensive in the area. Increases haven't been made for several years. Some money needs to be raised to cover the painting of the water tower and other projects for the department.
The council was disappointed to learn that the audit proposal went up $4,000. City books need to be audited every four years and the council bit their teeth and went with it.
During council comments, the mayor noted that street repair will be done this summer as in the past. It is uncertain how much will be done but around $21,000 will be spent on them. The council is concerned about Railroad Street with all of the heavy traffic on it.
The other item for discussion was the swimming pool water heater. The company has been dragging their heels to repair it even though the council feels it should be under some portion of a warrantee.
The council will have a special meeting on July 16th.