The Marcus City Council had a thorough discussion of the ordinance dealing with fences at their meeting Monday evening. As Councilman Carl Nelson noted during the meeting,fences in small towns seem to be out of place for the most part, as folks know their neighbors and the great majority of people get along with each other.
It was also noted that too many times disagreements on what is acceptable are being passed over, and it is time to nail the ordinance down tight as to what is acceptable.
The council noted that if a fence is erected right on the property line, both neighbors need to agree formally to where it is, what it is built of and what it looks like. To maintain the fence properly, there needs to be space on both sides for maintenance such as about 30 inches. In short, the proposed fence will need to be approved by both sides. The attractive side of the fence needs to face the street and the neighbor. The council also thought the zoning committee needs to require a drawing of how the fence will appear and check on the fence while it is in the process of being built. The council really believes in having open space rather than blocking others view.
The Marcus Library board reported to the council on progress made with the building. They were especially pleased with the new lighting. They are still planning on how to get more shelf space for large print reading materials and they are increasing the amount of space for DVD's. The mayor noted that fall weather cut short on the painting on outside of the building. The library said the new cement walk was a big improvement. Five members of the library board was present at the meeting including Head Librarian Maxine Shea, Faith Specht, Lois Krekow, Doris Mitts and Mary Ellen Wilkens.
Steve Gettner addressed the council next on behalf of the Marcus Community Center. He noted two events that had been held there in the last few weeks and the board had hoped the city crew would make a swipe through the street there to make it easier for people to get in and out of the building. He said he would make regular visits to the council to keep them informed. The community center board is going to apply for a Legacy grant to help cover the cost of some new lighting plus they would like to get new carpet at an estimated cost of $11,000 from Marcus Lumber. The carpet would be of industrial quality.
The council noted that some matching funds would have to be raised to get that grant and wondered what their plans were for that. Gettner mentioned a couple of ideas for fundraisers in the near future. The council and Gettner agreed that the court yard adjacent to the center was definitely a plus even though the city spent more on it than what was estimated.
In other business, the council approved Bev Alesch as city clerk, Marcus News as the official paper, approved all three local banks as depositories at a raised amount of $10 million each on a 4-0 vote with Nelson abstaining; approved $800 for Mid -Sioux; set two meeting dates for working on the coming year's budget.
Police chief Neal Galles said several warning citations had been issued and and has now moved onto issing citations in regards to traffic and snow parking. The council and Galles noted the amount of snow being blown into the street which is against regulations. No snow should be blown in the streets. A second problem is snowmobiles riding on private and public property. Snowmobilers should stay on the designated paths. They also are hoping people will watch pulling out in corners as the snow is hiding what's on the other side.
Council committees were set for 2010: Water and sewer: Matt Schmillen, Steve Galigan and Greg Carver; Streets: Conrad Ebert and Steve Galigan; Park & pool: Tony Ross and Greg Carver; Community protection: Carl Nelson and Don Drefke; Solid waste: Steve Galigan and Rich Schmidt; Mayor Pro-tem Carl Nelson; Simpco rep Darrell Downs; city attorney Chuck Knudson; Landfill: Steve Galigan; City crew personnel & equipment: Conrad Ebert and Matt Schmillen; City real estate and values: Don Drefke and Tony Ross.