MARCUS - The Marcus City Council accepted a couple of resignations Monday evening at their regularly scheduled meeting.
The first was from Anita Schneider from the Board of Adjustment, on which she has served for a little over three years. Schneider stated in her resignation that her working hours do not allow her the required time to do the task.
The second resignation was from Greg Carver from the town's work force ,which will go into effect on Sept. 30. The town has already begun to seek a replacement for this position, and the council is expecting a second opening on the city crew due to a retirement which is expected by the end of the year.
Police Chief Jim Ebert reported much activity due to the Marcus Fair, but none of it was serious due to the amount of preparation made before the many events. All went well with good-sized crowds. He noted there are still many complaints about the dust flying off Section Street even though a 25 mph speed limit sign is posted. He believes more speeding tickets will need to be issued to slow folks down and if that doesn't work, an embargo will be posted and enforced. Many semi trucks going to the ethanol plant appear to be the culprits.
The third and final reading of the ordinance dealing with planting and cutting down of trees was approved. Residents will need to apply for a permit to plant which includes the type of tree and location site with reference to curb line, lot lines and intersections.
They must be well maintained with trimming/pruning so as not to interfere with the use of sidewalks, streets, alleys or any reasonable use of public grounds. They must be trimmed at least 10 feet from the ground over sidewalks and 15 feet over streets. They can't be planted less than 10 feet near overhead utility wires or within five feet of underground water lines, sewer or any transmission line of utilities. There are regulations to follow in regards to planting on corner lots, aligning trees from sidewalks and/or property lines and inside of parking.
Some types of trees will be prohibited such as fruit bearing trees in any street, or cottonwood, cotton bearing, poplar, box elder, Chinese elm or evergreens. These types of trees create a nuisance in the parking (any part of the street between the lot line and sidewalk and if no sidewalk exists, that space that normally would have a sidewalk).
Trees must be removed if they show signs of disease or are dead. The council wants to see Marcus have attractive trees that are well maintained and provide shade while preserving them. The motion passed unanimously.
Open burning will be allowed from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15.
The council noted a record number of water bill notices were delivered to homes. This happens when the bills are not paid within two months. Residents then have another 10 days to pay the bill before the water is disconnected. Some people do this infraction repeatedly. City Attorney Chuck Knudson noted that other nuisances need to be dealt with more severely. He will take further action.