MARCUS - The Marcus City Council appointed Neal Galles as Marcus Police Chief at their March 9th meeting.
The council expressed much satisfaction with both current police officers, including officer Randy Weflen. Both attended Police Academy and were evaluated by their peers, as well as the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department. The Council said officer Weflen is quite successful with his work, which includes instructing the DARE program at this time.
A public hearing was also held for the upcoming year's budget. The council was diligent in getting the budget down slightly. Mayor Darrel Downs thanked the police department for cutting expenses and others who worked at holding the line when it came to expenses. Downs noted that it is indeed a rarity during these hard times to reduce budgets or to keep them the same with rising costs. It was deeply appreciated by those at the meeting and many thought taxpayers will also be appreciative.
The council has made plans to put on a new roof on the Legion building on North Main Street, which will be done by NOHAVA of LeMars at a cost of $9,995. A down payment of $4,977 will be paid upon the beginning of the project with the remaining paid when it is completed. The council is also thinking of installing new windows on the front and doing some painting to spruce it up. The council wants the Legion name to remain visible and provide the Legion with space to store their flags on the main floor for their convenience.
Another good piece of news was the final installment payments to Wells Fargo Bank for the sewer improvements will again be reduced further by interest payments going from 4.19 percent to 3 percent. This will save Marcus quite a few dollars.
Mayor Downs noted that several evergreen trees near the swimming pool need to be moved as they are a health hazard to those using the pool. Many birds gather on those trees and leave residue in the pool water. The council is hoping some of those trees can be moved elsewhere in the park.
Another good piece of news is that the state will be redoing Highway 143 from Highway 3 and on north to Highway 10. There are manholes which need to be raised before the resurfacing is done. Some of these have sunk several inches. all the potholes will be taken care of.
A third piece of good news is the DNR sent a report to Marcus noting there are no significant deficiencies with the water system and no requirements that need doing. They did recommend that the town could install an alarm system when the budget allowed it for safety of the community and to upgrade their testing equipment. The cleaning of the three filters should be done every 10 years. The cost of cleaning those would run around $23,000 which spread out over 10 years would not be that expensive to do.
In other business, Tom Leavitt was appointed to the 911 Board, and Carl Nelson and Matt Schmillen were appointed to work on a city employee manual.