At the close of Marcus Council meeting Monday night, Mayor Darrell Downs announced that he would seek one more term as mayor. Downs had been contemplating not running but he also recognized that he had a couple of items that he would like to see completed.
"I am hoping a young man will step forth and express an interest to be mayor by the time I have completed another term. I'd like the opportunity to train him about the many various aspects of running a town. There is much more to it than what meets the eye. I regularly go to the League of City meetings with mayors from all sizes of towns. Each one has the same problems, only the larger ones have more of whatever the problem is. But it's interesting and you learn what works and doesn't work."
Downs went on to say, "If someone runs for the council because he has an ax to grind, you will find that if that person gets in office, nothing much will happen because that one issue will drive the meetings. It would be a bad situation due to a bad attitude. One has to have some vision of where you want the town to go and you have to work hard to stay on top of things."
Chuck Schmillen, a councilman for 19 years, has decided not to run. His son, Matt Schmillen decided as a Marcus native he would run for his Dad's seat and will take advantage of using his Dad's expertise to guide him in doing what's best for Marcus.
"My thought to be on the council is to be here to do whatever I could for the town no matter what. You need to give it your all and we will still be here to help the town," said Chuck Schmillen.
He agreed that some younger men need to learn how to focus on the future of Marcus when they will raise their families in Marcus. His son Matt is ready to do that.
Dave Rohwer has elected not to run for another term. Rohwer has served six years and decided to hang it up. Carl Nelson's term is up and he is running for another term. Nelson has been instrumental in improving the Marcus economy.
In addition to Matt Schmillen and Nelson running for a council seat, Jim Ebert who will retire as police chief on Dec. 31 is running for a council seat as is Don Drefke, a lifetime resident of Marcus.
The new Urban Revitalization Plan was approved which will allow local businesses to qualify for tax exemptions if they make improvements to their business. It's another way local government can help small businesses.
The council has decided they need to add a room for the chlorinator at the water plant as it's required by the state to keep it separate.
Downs announced that four blocks of Pine Street will be blacktopped as well as doing some fixing on Section Street at a cost of $32,500. Downs also told the council that something needs to be more permanently done to improve Railroad Street next year as it plays a vital role in grain being moved. For now, some patch work will be done to get through this harvest season.
Two new members were approved to be members of the Marcus Volunteer Fire Department. They are Clay Leavitt and Joel Carver which brings the department up to 29 members. Downs and the council thought it was good that younger men are becoming active in their community.
Downs announced that Brower Construction's bill was reduced by $4,214 for various reasons which brought the final payment to $19, 658.
Councilman Connie Ebert informed the council that the library board was given some money which the board will use to install windows back in place on the east and southeast portion of the building. Doris Mitts is in charge of the project. Ebert also suggested that the decorative ends of the exposed rafters be replaced as they are rotting away.
First readings of ordinances dealing with water, sewer and garbage were approved. Those bills will be changed to monthly payments rather than quarterly.