MARCUS - The Marcus City Council learned that four townships will cast their ballots at the Cleghorn Community Center (referred to as Precinct 2) for the June primary elections, as well as the presidential elections. Bonnie Ebel, the Cherokee County auditor, was on hand at a recent Council meeting to explain why there will not be a voting precinct in Marcus.
The precinct has to be handicap - accessible, there is need for much space of five to six tables while giving privacy to the voter. It calls for three to four workers in June and six for the November election. Cleghorn is right in the center of the four townships that have been put together for a voting precinct, which includes Sheridan, Liberty, Marcus and Amherst Townships, It is a convenient voting place for all. It was pointed out that Cleghorn residents drive to Marcus frequently for various reasons, thus the reverse should be true when it is such a fine facility. Absentee ballots will also be available.
Ebel pointed out there are hidden costs of holding an election, such as the registration cards sent out to voters. Each time the voting location is changed, it costs money. In the primary election, voters will be be using the machine and mark a paper ballot,
Policeman Neal Galles was on hand to present the monthly report. He gave out two citation for passing a parked school bus around the construction zone. The street has been marked off and folks apparently are not alert, said Galles. If ticketed, the state mandates a fine of $185. The council is concerned but they need to obey the signs. This will continue for the remaining school year.
The council approved of purchasing a new police car from Holzhauer Motors on Cherokee at a cost of $21,500 plus the trade-in, for a Dodge Durango, four-wheel-drive, and it will come with police package. They allowed $1,682 for the old car.
The council was finally able to approve the new business plot platt book. The council received two bids for paving Eagle Street (goes from Highway 3 to the newly-built motel). The bids came in quite close within a couple of hundred of the estimates. The winning bid was from Orange City Alliance Casey for $33,960. The dirt work will be done locally at a cost of around $5,100.
The good news the council received from Iowa Finance Authority is that the loan for the waste water treatment plant loan had it's interest rate reduced from 3.92 to 3 percent which is a savings of $35,883.
Any loan over 10 years received the reduction.
The council passed the first reading of an ordinance stating a reduction of speed from 55 to 50 on Ames Street (Highway 143) beginning at Highland Drive and extending to meet Highway 3. This is to help assist folks in knowing a traffic stop is approaching, There has been concerns over the amount of traffic at that intersection.
The city will rent the alfalfa land around the housing addition. Anyone interested should contact the city clerk.
A reminder that burning is allowed from April 15th to May 15th. The city crew is assisting replacing the water pump at the city pool by putting a hole through the roof.
The council also is going to try to meet with an individual about cleaning up their property as it is a public nuisance.