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Marcus City Council addresses many issues

Friday, June 18, 2010

MARCUS - The Marcus City Council had a busy agenda for Monday night's meeting, including approving the sale of a lot for Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home of Cherokee to be built upon in the Marcus Business Park. The only person expressing a negative comment dealt with putting businesses out by the highway as oppose to downtown.

The council is pleased to have another business set up shop. They went ahead and approved placing three city lights along Eagle Drive on poles 1, 2 and 4. A fourth light will be situated on pole 5 on Eagle Avenue. MidAmerican Energy has been quite helpful helping the town out and everyone thought the fee for the lights is reasonable.

Attorney Dennis Brady and Stan Nervig appeared in front of the council explaining that it would be a good time to pay off the old bond for the Heartland Care Center and file for a new $1 million bond to complete the payoff of the home, plus pay for the new addition. With the town standing behind the bond, it allows the bond to be tax-free, plus interest is at an all-time low rate. The council approved such a move as the care center has been a big plus for the town.

The Marcus Police Department reported that there had been a burglary at the First Cooperative Association Office in Marcus but as of yet, no suspects have been determined. Chief Jim Ebert noted that Akron, Hinton, Remsen and Meriden also have had recent break-ins. They are routinely conducting business door checks. The Department had also delivered 24 water disconnect notices.

City Attorney Chuck Kundson presented a couple of ideas for a new tree ordinance with the main idea being to forbid anyone planting a tree or shrub in the area between the sidewalk and street. Trimming trees has been a constant and expensive item for the town to pay for. He also thought it would be a good idea to recommend not planting Dutch Elm, Boxelder, Popular or Evergreen. Ebert mentioned that trees need to be trimmed eight feet above a sidewalk and trimmed even higher over a street.

The council has for some time looked at the rates for water, sewer and garbage and had come up with a recommendation of a stair-step price guide. It has been around 18 months since it was raised slightly. with the expenses of repairing the water tower and providing their own garbage truck (which is much cheaper than paying the county for the service), has added costs. The recycle bin has saved the residents much by sorting and delivering their plastic, cans and paper separately. The bin is widely used by Marcus residents.

For inside the town, there will be a 37 cent increase on water, 50 cents on sewer and 50 cents on garbage. Landfill fees will increase 25 cents on the basic or $5.25 a household per month. The council thought the increase is minimal and appeared not to have a problem with it.

Councilman Matt Schmillen brought up the subject of replacing the town's small tractor as it is getting due for some major repairs. He found an excellent replacement tractor that was used with fewer hours on it. The problem is that the council hadn't approved such purchase so the council is going to think strongly of replacing it as soon as a good one can be found again. This tractor is used for the backhoeing, snow removal, trimming trees and the like.

The council has three or four individuals who are thinking of serving on the council to replace Tony Ross who is moving to the country. Two visited the council Monday evening - Steve Gettner

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