MARCUS - The Marcus City Council held its monthly meeting in the City Chamber with Main Street Director Vangie Cowen informing the council that the local police department is sponsoring a Bike Safety Program On August 2 from 6-8 p.m. Kids and some adult riders will gather on the south side of the fire station.
The police department has mapped out a route for the kids which will be approximately 1.8 miles long. There will be a short program for the kids as well as a hot dog cookout. The department is also planning in advance for a follow-up come next June.
The police department also noted that a few folks are taking furniture out to the land waste area located west of Marcus. Long time Marcus residents know that area is only to be used for placing branches, grass and leaves. The police have followed up on these situations and have made folks remove what has been placed there. Other residents are also upset that the law has been violated as they wish to keep the land waste site. Violations could start the path of foreclosure.
Council member Don Drefke reported that a total of five new trees will be planted in the new business park, with two of those adjacent to the motel an done on the backside of the Hog Slat building.
Council members Connie Ebert and Matt Schmillen reported they are in the process of speaking with City employees to see how overtime can be cut drastically and then come up with a proposal for a raise that the City could work into their budget. Working with the employees, they are hoping to come to a mutual decision.
Mayor Darrell Downs is still working with the state highway authorities to see if Highway 143 going through Marcus could be resurfaced while they are doing the highway north and south to Highway 3. Downs traveled to Des Moines to speak with them.
Downs also reported that a large aerial spray crew will spend a large amount of time around the area. He talked them into using Marcus as their headquarters and staying at the local motel. This will be a boost to the local economy as they will be there for several weeks. This is in addition to the road crew working on Highway 143 which is also staying there.
City attorney Chuck Knudson reported much success with violators of the nuisance ordinance. There will be another round of taking folks to court if they don't show any progress in taking care of the issue. Knudson mentioned that if folks show effort in correcting the violation, he wants to work with them rather than go to court. When it does progress to court, the defendent has to pay court costs so the City doesn't have that expense.
The council approved three ladies to serve on the local public library board: Martha Hueser, Mary Ellen Wilkens and Michelle Steffens.