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Plans coming together for 75th Marcus Fair

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MARCUS - The Marcus City Council was addressed by a couple of citizens at the recent meeting.

The first was Ray Drefke representing the all-school reunion committee who said he has reports of a possible 2,600 people coming back to Marcus to visit during the Marcus Fair week. Of that number, at least half of those will attend the all-school reunion. To find a facility to hold the event on Saturday night takes some planning as the Westernaires of Colorado are also returning to perform for this 75th Marcus Fair and will be utilizing the school buildings. This fair promises to be a terrific one with over 300 Shriners also scheduled to attend.

The committee has decided that the community center will be the facility to use for the caterer to originate out of but the seating capacity falls short of what is needed. So the group plans on renting a huge tent to take the overflow for dining which will be set up on Main Street close to the center. It will be anchored in the cement to withstand wind and protect diners from the elements of sun and rain. The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. The committee wants everything to be as close to the community center as possible.

The Pan Head, Community Center Board, and the City of Marcus will work together on acquiring an appropriate liquor permit and share the costs. More plans have yet to be finalized.

Mario Carbo also addressed the council on the issue of carrying a gun. Recently Police Chief Jim Ebert set up a drill which involved the teaching staff at the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Junior and Senior High School building during an in-service day. The focus of the event was to check to see how well the staff carried out their response to a notification of a lockdown. An individual entered the building with force who was later taken down by police. The Marcus Fire Department was also in on the plans. The staff was not tipped off by any of the participants, making for a successful drill.

But Carbo believes the council has little if any right in limiting where one may carry a gun and threatened the council to bring in the NRA if need be to negate any limitations they may set. This has been in discussion with the council for a couple of months, with no action taken. After several schools and city governments have been threatened and some harmed, they thought they should look at the what if's. Carbo has been a resident since 2007 of Marcus and comes from New York. City Attorney Chuck Knudson is still researching the subject as Carbo says the State of Iowa does not limit where a gun may go.

In other business, the council approved the use of highway right of way for utilities accommodation for WesTel fiber optic, approved liquor license, Sunday Sales permit and outdoor service for the Marcus Golf Club, approved an annual contract agreement with Siouxland Aging Services, and moved to raise the pay for swimming pool life guards 50 cents with the maximum pay at $8.50 per hour.

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This news article completely distorts what was actually said at the city council meeting.

The only opposition was to a plan by the council to ban Iowa concealed carry permit holders from city property, as it is illegal under Iowa codes 724.28 and 724.7.

I have long been aware that Iowa law prohibits weapons within 1000 feet of elementary and secondary schools and in public parks.

-- Posted by Mario on Wed, Mar 16, 2011, at 5:05 PM

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