The Marcus City Council agreed to pay the total cost of purchasing a new backstop for the ball field in city park since the local Lion's Club installed it.
The backstop cost $850. Councilman Carl Nelson noted that this happens to be about an every 20 or so year expense for the little league ball program but it is well worth the expense. The council agreed.
The council discussed traffic conditions in the school parking lot as well as streets around the school. There have been numerous complaints about wheelies in the parking lot creating vehicle damage. Other concerns include speeding and running stop signs. The council suggested to Police Chief Jim Ebert to spend some time around the school property at the end of the school day.
A couple of short public hearings were held. The first one was to approve the amending of an ordinance for property on East Cedar to go from a single family dwelling to multiple family dwelling. There were no objections.
The second hearing dealt with the disposition of city owned real estate in the new Marcus Business Park. There was no one present to speak to the sale of property. The council then voted to sell lot number 13 for $25,931.70 so the newly proposed motel could be built.
In other business: the council approved Powder Players Inc. Snowmobile Club, a large area group, to installed trails in and around Marcus City limits; they also approved beer permit and Sunday sales for Casey's; the council approved up to $35,000 for paving Eagle Avenue in the new business park. With one lot sold and interest in another, the council is hoping weather will allow paving of one section or block of Eagle Avenue. The paving will be six inches thick.
The council also discussed ordinances dealing with the distance that hog units could be built from the city limit. Air quality is the basis for wanting to find out what position the DNR would take.
A special meeting will be held to finalize the applications for tax abatement as well as adopt a new official zoning map.