MARCUS - The Marcus Council Monday night approved the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the cost of all three City utility services slightly.
The rates will be as follows: $7.72 for the first 1,300 gallons of water consumed per month and for each additional 1,000 gallons of water thereafter per month will be $2.76. Non-residents will pay a 20 percent surcharge in addition to the local rates.
Sewer rates will be $11 for the first 1,300 gallons of water each month and $4.68 per 1.000 gallons of usage per month thereafter.
Garbage rates will be $8.50 per month, and landfill rates are set at $5.25 per month. For those people outside the City limits, the rate for garbage pickup is $10.25 per month.
The council also learned that the police delivered 24 more water disconnect notices. That makes 48 in the last two months.
The council discussed the vacancy on the council. Members decided to publish a notice that at a special meeting on July 27 at noon, the council will appoint someone to fill that seat unless citizens decide they want a special election. It was noted that elections are costly and in three prior situations where someone was unable to complete their term, the council has appointed them. There have been four individuals who have expressed an interest in serving.
City Attorney Chuck Knudson reported progress is being made on nuisance violations, He also wants each council member to jot down what they want to see in the final draft of a new tree ordinance. He is hoping that can be finalized at the next regular meeting. Basically, few if any trees should be allowed in the parking area, especially at street corners.
In other business, the council approved the Marcus Fair parade route for Aug. 14; approved the route of the 5K Fun Run during the Marcus Fair; and granted approval for alcohol permits for Marcus Junction and Old Panhead.