MARCUS - Vangie Cowan, representing Marcus for Progress, informed the Marcus City Council last week about the Marcus web site which was established back in June 2002 by Rod Ogren through WesTel Systems as a service to the city of Marcus for providing service to the town for the Progress program. Each year the contract is automatically renewed and Marcus for Progress has paid the fees. According to Cowan, donated money from WesTel for updates has been depleted.
Cowan has proposed a partnership with Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High school. She Noted that Al Vasher, High School principal, and a student of his choice, would maintain the web site. There would be no changes in the format at this time and only one student would have the password. The student chosen would receive Silver Cord hours for the time spent on the web site.
Back in March 2008, WesTel Systems donated the time for the web site to be updated with Marcus Fair information. At that time, all the phone numbers, links to other web sites and some of the organization's members were updated.
In January 2010, a task force will be formed to determine whether there is a need to update the Marcus for Progress computer and have Cowan receive training to maintain the web site or pay someone to update the web site on a regular basis. WesTel has recommended the web site be updated every two years. There is a consideration of local businesses paying a fee for their link to be listed on the web site.
Cowan noted that a representative from Des Moines and Spencer walked the town evaluating Marcus on an 11-point criteria to be a part of the Main Street Program. A review takes place every three years which qualifies Marcus to seek grants to help out with improvements and other services. The visit went well for the town.
Mark Buschkamp was also present to give a lengthy report on his activities to promote the area as well as share information on progress. He noted a bus trip is being planned to go to Des Moines to exhort the need to promote the need of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute for many reasons. He hopes people will inform others of the wisdom of keeping such a facility in this area.
Neal Galles, police chief, reported there had been a number of animal complaints and disputes to deal with.
City attorney Chuck Knudson put forth advice to write an ordinance forbidding folks from planting new trees in the parking or close to property lines. Trees planted on personal property will be the owners responsibility. Presently, there are a number of large old trees that will be costly to deal with. A number of delinquent water bills need to be collected and letters will be going out.
Pearl Henke made a request of the council in regards to Linn Street. She is hoping that when the council makes plans for next year street expenses that perhaps something more could be done to that street.
The council is asking that folks who would like to approach the council on any subject. should come into city hall and fill out a form which states their name and the reason or topic they'd like to address. The form should be done the Tuesday prior to the meeting date so it can be listed on the agenda.