MARCUS - The Marcus City Council is excited about going forth on an exercise trail which will be good for walkers of all ages.
Ever since a tragic accident happened early last summer, where a young woman lost a leg when struck by a motorcycle, many felt the time had come to provide this amenity for the community. A steering committee has been formed and has met with JEO Consultants to see what ideas they would have to develop. JEO came up with a master plan proposal which was presented to the council Monday evening. Much work has yet to be done before construction begins next spring. The council approved the propose plan brought before them.
The committee has done considerable research to meet requirements to satisfy grant applications. They have studied the amount of community participation in such a trail. They have been busy setting goals, objectives and policy development of such a trail. They also have done an inventory and evaluation of such existing trails and proposed facilities. They also need to work on a needs assessment and analysis of a trail as well as come up with a management and operation plan. The group has been studying construction and maintenance cost and finding potential funding resources for a trail development.
The council also listened to a proposal brought forth by Laura Letsche representing Marcus realtors who will work together on selling the final lots for building new homes in the Country View Addition. The council concluded that it would be an excellent idea for realtors to work together, with each providing advertising for selling these lots. Realtors doing the selling and bearing the cost of advertising lots includes Jeff Patterson, Joe Schlenger, Laura Letsche and Carl Nelson. They will receive five percent of the price of the lots. The town will have permanent signs placed along Highway 143 and on Highway 3.
Mayor Darrell Downs announced that a private donor has come up with the money, $88.000, so Amherst Street can be resurfaced. The council has also decided to resurface all of west Second Street from Paul Busch's drive to the west entrance to the Marcus Fair ground at a cost of $13,351.
Photos were passed around of the Marcus pool bathrooms which showed the poor condition they are in. The council gave unanimous approval to installed new partitions at a cost of $6,696.
The council also approved the annual service contract on the water tower at a cost of $1,850. It was mentioned that it was a good thing that the council had such a service contract with the company as it has served the town well.
Street repair was also approved. After opening the bids for five spots to be repaired in the town, the work was awarded to Ebert's Construction at a cost of $4,550. Another bid came in at $6,788. Further research is being done on the removal of two trees as another party has stepped up to do the job.
The council also has offered Jon Hoefling a summer job as he also has a CDL license.