Lindsay Bressler, who is employed by Cherokee County, addressed the Marcus City Council at their recent monthly meeting, and provided
information about GSI mapping, and how it would affect the Council's ability to provide services. Bressler told the council that the mapping would be able to provide a complete mapping of all of the city's utilities as well as the history of those utilities, including information on the size and age of the utilities.
Council members made several comments regarding the advantages of having all of this information at one's fingertips, feeling that it would allow the council to make decisions more effectively. Marcus, like many towns, may need to replace much of their infrastructure, and this new technology should allow communities to be more thorough in gathering this information and keeping it current.
The council also learned that the recreation trail committee is progressing with their plans, and they have not heard very many negative comments about the proposed trail. Within two months, the committee will come before the council to update their trail plan and to seek city approval for right-of -way. Their hope is to begin with trails to and from the school, which would allow children to stay off the streets when walking to school for safety's sake, as several blocks in town do not have sidewalks for pedestrians.
The council approved an ordinance for replacing stop signs around the town as needed, making all stop signs reflective when light shines on them.
In other business, the council approved a class C liquor license for the community center and approved renewing the annual $800 donation to Mid-Sioux Opportunities for their services.
Police Chief Jim Ebert presented his monthly report, in which he noted that 26 snow ordinance parking warnings were issued in the past month. After November 15, there will be no longer be warnings, and tickets will be issued. Several local streets are simply too narrow to have parking on both sides, making it extremely difficult to move snow. Ebert also delivered 24 water disconnect notices and did several business and bar checks last month. They were also kept busy assisting motorists, ambulances and other agencies.
The council was asked by Mayor Darrel Downs to check out the old shelter house to make some plans on how it could best be best utilized, and it was noted that the council also needs to approve a hotel/motel ordinance soon.