MARCUS - A Public Hearing was held Monday night by the Marcus City Council in order to amend the current budget for the fiscal year ending on June 30th.
The expenditures included: a mower, a cement patio, a library-micro project and purchase of books, lights at the park, community and economic development of the Business Park. work done on Holmes Street, adding electricity at the Business Park, expenses for general legal work, as well as a computer. Other expenses of business type included water tower work, and transferred money to community center.
There will be no increase in tax levies. Any increase in expenditures will be met from increased non-property tax revenues and cash balances not budgeted or considered in this current budget, according to the Council.
The Council approved of placing another site lot on sale in the Business Park for the purpose of erecting a business by Greenwood/Schubert of Cherokee. The proposed lot site is east of Valley Bank. The site is priced at $16,167. The vote was 4 to 0 with Don Drefke abstaining.
The Marcus Lions has taken on the project of re-doing the ball diamond in the Marcus City Park for the express purposed of girls softball. The Council has given $2,500 towards that and the Lions are seeking a grant to help with expenses. The diamond, as well as the present fence composed of various area businesses signage, will be moved farther out.
Tim Erdman appeared in front of the Council to ask for permission to install a 15-inch tube to drain water away from his ditch for 240 feet so he can improve the looks of his yard. Erdman said water flowing through the ditch makes it difficult to mow. The Council decided more details with farmers who are affected from the drain would need to be consulted before approval. after that, the state would need to give its approval, with the state highway (Iowa 3) adjacent to it.
The water tower renocation project is finished but a week has to pass for the paint to fully dry before filling it back up. A six-foot guard rail has been situated, along with the new dome and vent installed. Mayor Darrel downs noted that the Council needs to start setting money aside for years down the road to build a new tower whether that may be in 15 to 20 years. It would be good to have some funds there for it's replacement, noted Downs.
Lori Frederes will serve as the part-time manager for the City swimming pool while Tony Ross, Joel Carver and Ali Vasher serve on the Pool Committee. All have served as lifeguards which gives the Council a good feeling that the pool is in good hands.