MARCUS - At the Marcus Council regular monthly meeting Monday evening, the Council discussed the feasibility of what a hotel/motel tax could do to bring revenue into the City's budget.
A concensus at the meeting was that most towns do have such a tax where primarily visitors to the town will be paying the tax. Much of the revenues would be used to help out the Marcus Community Center so that maintenance of the building would be covered in the future. The tax could run from 1 to 7 percent.
The Council felt that most towns have chosen 7 percent but they felt for Marcus a 5 percent would be sufficient. Councilmember Don Drefke felt 5 percent would be a courtesy to former Marcus residents or family members that return to visit their hometown. Since it wasn't on the agenda to make a motion but only to discuss it, they will wait until the next meeting. Also, two members of the Council were unable to be there Monday evening.
The Council discussed the public library building and felt some sprucing up is called for by trimming back the exposed rafters and giving the building a coat of paint. They will get bids for the painting. The double sidewalk will be removed and a new one installed as the walk has grown to be uneven, becoming a hazard. Ebert Construction will do the work on the sidewalk removal of the old and pouring of a new walk, at a bid of $2,550.
The police department report noted there had been several civil disputes to settle and animal complaints. Several warnings were also given. The Council is growing concerned about violations of underage drivers taking golf carts down the streets and the lack of flags noting slow moving vehicles. The same was true for cars speeding in residential neighborhoods. Some tickets may be required to get folks not to abuse a privilege. Police officer Randy Weflen was complimented on the bike safety ride and program. He noted that next year, they will try holding the bike safety workshop early in the summer.
In other business: the Council approved Marcus Fair parade route, Mayor Darrell Downs as the proxy and Bev Alesch as the alternate for for ICAP (Iowa Community Assurance Pool), discussed the purchasing of a share at First Co-Op Association, and the installation of electric service extension to the Marcus Business Park. Downs asked for a cost factor in going with over or under wiring in order to keep costs down for the town.
Salaries of employees were not discussed as Councilmembers Matt Schmillen and Connie Ebert were unable to attend the meeting.