MARCUS - The Marcus City Council has been bombarded with many needs which will require many thousands of dollars in the near future, the most expensive need which will have to be addressed is the need for a new water tower.
The present water tower was built in 1967 and is in dire need of repairs and standards to be met, according to the Council. If it could be just painted (Inside and out) and repaired, the estimated cost is around $350,000. There is lead paint to be eliminated and a new fill pipe installed. Many are questioning whether it could be repaired and even if it could be, the guarantee on the work would only be for 10 years. A new water tower would cost at least a million dollars.
Steve Galigan met with the council to discuss water and sewer needs. The DNR is working on changing some of the regulations. If changed, it would add some necessary costs to meet new regulations. Marcus, and other communities getting water from the same aquifer, have hard water to deal with. Galigan suggested the council start to think which route they'd like to pursue.
Sandy Poppens addressed the Council on starting up a community ministry which basically is a pantry or place where folks who are in financial distress could come and get food at a very reasonable price and/or used clothing, especially children's clothes. Poppens had a flyer which explained the need for such a place for folks to turn to.
Poppens has the backing of the five local churches and a few individuals who would help with such a project. She approach the Council to see if there would be room in the community building to store food and clothes.
The Council felt it needed more definite information how the project would go forth before giving an OK to the idea of allowing the community building to be used in that fashion.
The Council did approve giving $8,000 to the community center to cover the cost of putting in a cement patio to the south side of the community center. The community center board has raised $21,000 to make the necessary repairs and it will be done just as soon as the construction crew can get there.
An appliance pickup date will be set for this fall as well as tree stump and trimmings removal. Mayor Darrel Downs will check what date works best for the city crew to do it before it's announced.
City Attorney chuck Knudson announced that an agreement with VerMeers has been reached so Holmes Street going west to Highway 143 can be straighten and taken care of.