The Marcus City Council had a short meeting on Oct. 22 to deal with some unfinished business. In the last few days, a second look was taken by Schmillen Construction to find a less expensive means to lay sewer and water lines for Eagle Street in the new business park. By raising the ditches and using less rock, money can be saved. The cost of this project went from $87,562 to $79,930. Work will begin next week.
The council also learned that electrical lines will be installed on poles for the time being which will satisfy the need for the proposed motel as well as another business. Also gas lines will be installed.
The council returned to the need of the local Lion's Club for some storage of Little League ball equipment in the west room of city hall's basement. The council agreed to give them $540 for shelving and noted the area will provide security for them.
City attorney Chuck Knudson suggested to the council that their pay per meeting should be raised from the present $25 a meeting to at least $40 if not $50. It was suggested they do this before elections so new members voted in would receive the increase. Those presently on would not. Knudson noted that towns smaller than Marcus, such as Calumet, pay their council $40 per meeting.
Council woman Sheree Ogren commented that she didn't do it for money. Councilman Chuck Schmillen agreed noting it would take much more than $50 to cover all the time the council puts in. Councilman Connie Ebert made a motion to go to $40 but it died for the lack of a second. The idea of raising councilmen's pay was dropped.
The council looked at a new map of Marcus which would set the various areas of town apart with color. Mayor Darrel Downs noted it was quite important that there is no error on this map as it would constantly be looked at. Again, the council found mistakes so Knudson will have to contact SIMPCO to make it correct.
In other business, the council approved the purchase of a new pump for the pool at a cost of $8,541; purchased a box and a plow for a truck owned by the city of Marcus at a total cost not to exceed $26,000. The council decided on purchasing the box from Henke and the plow blade from Murphy, both of Sioux City.
The council learned the two outside lights for city hall have arrived; work is being completed on the city hall garage doors as well as painting on the building to be completed. There was also a short discussion on some residences need to be cleaned up.