MARCUS - A false rumor brought several folks to the regular monthly meeting of the Marcus City Council Monday evening as they thought the Council was going to hire a city manager at a cost of several thousands of dollars.
After listening to a few of the folks, the Council responded with the question of why they haven't called or approached a member of the Council before jumping the gun. None of what was expressed held validity to the issue.
Some in the group thought other entities would do for the town what a city manager would do. Over the years, some of these civic help groups no longer do what they have done as they no longer exist. In reality, the Council is looking for a sure way to follow through on some projects for the town without injecting costs and find the person who knows how to get things done.
Council member Sherree Ogren was upset with the group as the horse ran away with rumors before checking the facts out. She thought it would have been nicer if they would recognize the work that has been done to improve the town.
County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Fredrichsen made a presentation to the Council about the need for a new county jail and a run-down of how it would be situated.
Mark Buschkamp also appeared in front of the Council to discuss the upcoming Cherokee Area Economic Development survey which will enable the group to focus on the area's strengths and weaknesses.
The Council reconsidered its motion on rent for the town's shelter house. They decided to reduce the charge to $50 and if the place was left as clean as they found it, the charge would just be $25. The Council received quite a bit of feed-back on the action.
In other business, the Council discussed taking sealed bids on alfalfa crops at the Country View and Business Park; discussed tree removal and trimming in the parking area; approved the removal of the evergreen trees next to the city pool with Council member Connie Ebert in charge of where they will be put; discussed the revamping of the ordinance dealing with fences and dog kennels (the type of fence which can be used); discussed the Wiederholt lot on North Main as it needs to be cleaned up; and the Council approved the lighting project of the town's library with the wiring being done by Nelson Electric and Boothby Electric.
The Council concluded the meeting with how pleased members were with the remodeling of City Hall, as they want to see city property kept in good shape. With warm weather around the corner, they hope to see property owners do clean up as well.