At the Jan. 14th Marcus Council meeting, two local citizens were approved to hire for the Marcus police force. There were several applicants for the position from around the area. The council has long thought that it is time to go back to a two-man police department rather than pay overtime to one officer. Neal Galles and Randy Weflen are interested in serving the community of Marcus.
Galles is a Marcus native, married and is interested in serving the town. Weflen is also married and is presently a member of the Marcus Fire Department. Both have completed some of the requirements and have some yet to do before being formally hired.
Mark Buschkamp brought the council up to date on the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation and asked the council for further support of the organization.
City Attorney Chuck Knudson advised the council on continuing efforts made in a couple of other ongoing matters.
The council approved the resignation of Don Drefke from the Board of Adjustment as he is a new member of the council and Dave Rohwer, a former council member, was approved to take Drefke's position on that board.
In other business, the board approved $800 for its annual support of Mid-Sioux; approved Marcus News as the official newspaper; approved liquor license and Sunday Sales permit for Marcus Community Center and Marcus Bowl and set the annual budget meeting for Jan. 23.
Committees were also appointed for the 2008 year: Water & Sewer-Matt Schmillen, Steve Galigan and Greg Carver; Streets-Conrad Ebert and Time Galles; Parks & Pool - Sherree Ogren and Greg Carver; Community Protection -Carl Nelson and Conrad Ebert; Solid Waste - Don Drefke and Rich Schmidt; Mayor Pro-Tem - Carl Nelson; SIMPCO representative - Sherree Ogren and Don Drefke; City Attorney - Chuck Knudson; Landfill - Steve Galigan.
The council wants department heads to report on their plans and activities every quarter of the year. Steve Galigan is in charge of water & sewer; Tim Galles is in charge of streets; Greg Carver is in charge of pool & park and Rich Schmidt is in charge of solid waste.