MARCUS - After taking care of routine business matters, the Marcus City Council Tuesday entered into a public hearing regarding the annexation on Holmes Street as it passes through land adjoining the Marcus Veterinary Clinic and VerMeer's.
No one was present to object nor was any written statement received. The council was all in favor of the resolution. Now, the whole street will be under the jurisdiction of the town of Marcus for safety of it's citizens. The council had been working on transfer of ownership for quite some time.
Steve Gettner appeared in front of the council to seek input from the council on a proposal the Marcus Community Center Board had come up with for an outside patio area located on the south side of the building. There was a proposal for a decorative front fence just inside of the public sidewalk which would run around $4,300, while the back fence is estimated to run somewhere between $3,300 to $1,500. Over $2,000 could be saved through volunteer labor and dirt work. The committee will continue work on the plans and keep the council informed. Presently, the center has around $1,400 in it's bank account.
Bids to harvest hay off the Marcus Business Park and Country View housing development were received from two individuals. The winning bid was received from Dave Guntren at $115 per acre. The lease will run for three years allowing the land to be properly maintained.
City attorney Chuck Knudson reported the he will be in court on May 28th to proceed with a nuisance abatement situation. There were two property owners going to court but one has cleared their residence up.
Mayor Darrel Downs announced that the First Cooperative Association has applied for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan which will help the business purchase and install a half million dollar grain dryer which will eliminate much of the "red snow" which comes from drying corn. Many residents will be pleased with the improvement.
Another announcement made at the meeting is that Trees Forever will be planting some trees adjacent to the Hometown Motel, another plus for the area. A third positive announcement was that the Marcus Fire Department received $300 for a stair chair.
The council also met the two new pool managers. They were greatly please to have two adults for managers, Heather Koth of Paullina, who teaches art for MMC, and Ashley Reuhle who teaches English at MMC, of rural Cleghorn.
Mayor Downs said he was greatly disappointed in that the Iowa Department of Transportation announced it would only resurface Highway 143 north of the rail track of Marcus to Highway 10. Downs commented that he will make second and third efforts at getting them to change their mind.