The Marcus Council discussed pay raises for city employees at their recent meeting, saying they haven't received a raise for 18 months. The local library board approved a small raise for the two local librarians. After some discussion, the council authorized a three percent pay raise.
Councilmen did make it mandatory that one of the city employees come before the council each month to update the council on their work and what was achieved during the last 30 days. There will be no pay for coming before the council and instead, it will be viewed as a responsibility of their position with the town just as the police and county attorney report each month.
They are also expecting to see an equal work load for each of the four city crew members. The council wants to hear about their achievements as well as problems that arise through more communication.
In the past, when one of the crew appeared before the council, they punch in their time clock. That will be unacceptable in the future. The pay raise begins in July.
The council discussed East Highland Drive, the street bordering the southern portion of the school property. There have been a few accidents there and the council feels it needs to be widened.
Two area businesses which install curbing took a look at the situation and came up with a $60,000 estimate. There will be some expense to move dirt as there is a steep embankment on the north side. Hopefully, the council will have some bids by the next meeting to take under consideration.
The council also discussed the idea of a hotel/motel tax which would also include the two local guest houses. There would be exceptions for those who would stay at the same room for 30 days or more. The maximum is 7 percent. There was some discussion as to whether voters would need to approve the tax or if the council could make it official by passing an ordinance.
The council discussed the amount of water running down streets which is suspected to come from sump pumps. Residents are to pump water out of their homes and into their yards rather than the streets as it adds to the sewer flow costing taxpayers more money to purify the water. Tim Galles noted during these times, there is much more water running through the sewer.
The council also discussed the swimming pool as one leak has been repaired but it isn't enough. More leaks are elsewhere which add up to 17,000 gallons a day. Therefore, it is totally unaffordable for the town to have the pool heater run as the energy cost would be unaffordable. The town will limp through the season and as soon as it closes, work will begin on the pool. JEO, the company which built the pool recognizes there is a huge problem and will go after it in early fall.
Good news for the council included a sale of lot 12 in the new business park for a business selling horse feed and other pet food operated by Top Line with Jeff and Kristen Kollbaum.