Marcellus is a village in Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,198 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Marcellus Township. It is part of the South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), of which, 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,198 people, 441 households, and 327 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,065.5 inhabitants per square mile (797.5 /km2). There were 493 housing units at an average density of 850.0 per square mile (328.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.5% White, 1.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 441 households of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.
The median age in the village was 34.9 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.
The first settler in the Marcellus area was John Bair, who came in October 1832. He was followed almost a year later by Daniel Driskel, in 1833. In 1835, 11 other families settled in Marcellus, and by 1836, 28 families had settled there.
At the time of the organization of the township the citizens wanted to call it Cambria; however, since there was already a township by that name in Michigan, their Representative at that time, Judge Littlejohn of Allegan, proposed they name it after Roman Emperor Flavius Marcellus. As a result, on June 16, 1843, the township was officially named Marcellus. Elections were held on the same night and Daniel G. Rouse was elected Township Supervisor, Guerdor R. Beebee was elected Treasurer, and Ephraim Huyatt was elected Clerk.
In the winter of 1870-71 the Peninsular Railroad came through Marcellus, infusing life into the small township. The depot was originally on the east side of town; however, because the business district was far from the depot, the depot was moved in 1898. After this move, business began rapidly expanding and an addition was added to the station to meet the increased traffic demands. By 1911, ten passenger trains stopped at the depot every day.
Marcellus became an official village in 1879, with over 500 residents. Three years later it had grown and included 2 churches, 3 dry goods stores, 3 groceries, 3 millinery shops, 2 drug stores, 2 meat markets, 2 hotels, 2 tin shops, a bank, 2 stave factories, 2 harness shops, a hardware store, a furniture store, a restaurant, a printing business, a tailor shop, a cooper shop, a steam saw mill, a sash and blind manufacturer, 4 doctors, 2 lawyers, 2 justices of the peace, and a newspaper.
During its height, Marcellus was also home to two theaters, a bowling alley, and a pool hall. Each year it hosted the National Bluegill Frolic, a parade, fishing tournament, and beauty pageant which attracted thousands each year.
VILLAGE OF MARCELLUS, COUNTY OF CASS, STATE OF MICHIGAN
At a regular meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Marcellus, County of Cass, State of Michigan, held in said Village on February 25, 2015 there were:
Present: Irwin, Ludlow, Simmons, Webb and Welburn. Absent: None.
The following resolution was offered by Webb and seconded by Simmons.
Resolution Establishing Rates for Garbage Disposal and Recycling Service:
Whereas the Village of Marcellus provides a garbage disposal and recycling service to Village residents, and
Whereas over the past few years, fuel surcharges from the sub-contracted garbage service steadily increased, and
Whereas previous garbage rate increases were not sufficient to maintain an adequate fund balance in the Village Garbage Account and consequently supplemental funds were appropriated from the Village General Account to avoid a deficit condition,
Now therefore, it is hereby resolved that the Village of Marcellus amend and revise the rates charged to provide garbage disposal and recycling services within the Village of Marcellus as follows:
Billing Code Service Current/New:
Note: Additional size containers are available and rates for those containers will be established in a manner consistent with the formula that was used to establish the rates listed above.
This resolution super cedes Resolution #2014-01, adopted July 23, 2014.
Effective Date: These new rates shall take effect on March 19, 2015 at 12:01 A.M.
Adopted February 25, 2015 by a roll call vote of:
Yeas: Ludlow, Simmons, Webb and Welburn Nays: Irwin
Dated: February 25, 2015 Ronald Welburn Marcellus Village President
Dated: February 25, 2015 Krista D. Jourdan Marcellus Village Clerk
Resolution Establishing Rates for Garbage Disposal and Recycling Service
(Updated August 4) Marcellus Rocket Football Signup & Football Camp. $65.00 for 3rd - 6th Grade $55.00 for Flag Football & Cheerleaders
Saturday, August 9, 8:30 a.m. Until Noon At the High School Football Field (The camp is for all 3 groups Flag which is 1st and 2nd graders, Juniors which are 3rd and 4th graders, and Seniors, grades 5th and 6th.)
Yellow Journalism? Or, Responsible Journalism? You decide. Admittedly, the headline was meant to intrigue the reader, and with good cause, I might add. The following video highlights the comments made by Marcellus Township residents Kay Jones, and Joyce DeRuiter during public comment at last night’s special village council meeting.
I’m pretty sure the threat of a vague recall petition, and the personal attack of a Council Trustee do not fall under the definition of ‘Civility.’ Nor did it solve a perceived problem within the village government, but rather highlighted deep-rooted issues going back for generations.
Anyway, you decide. =-)
Video Link submitted by Video Photographer Kevin Jourdan
The following video was shot at the September 23, 2015 regular village council meeting. It seems to me, if you want to heal a community, and the current problems within the village government you have to start at the top.
I'm pretty sure this 45 second video is not the way to accomplish solidarity. Again, you decide. =-)
The following clipping on the left appeared in this week's local newspaper with a slogan that decrys the lack of commitment of incumbent members of the Marcellus village council to work with the current village president who was elected to office in November of 2015 2014.
The third line of the second paragraph sets the stage for a rebuttle, and I quote, "We the People" voted for Ron Welburn because we wanted change. They [the voters] were opposed to the way the village was being run.
What the comments fail to acknowledge is that 3/5 of the council (before Welbun) were also elected by, "We the People" who liked how the village's business was being handled.
Backtracking back to the first paragraph the comment, "Vote For Ron Welburn to Bring Positive Change" is almost laughable considering what the official record of the Village of Marcellus minutes potray portray.
Let's take a look at the positive impact this current Village President has brought to the table:
1. Attempted to terminate a DPW Employee because he voluntarily gave up his CDL License due to a controversial medical treatment. In spite of this employee not having a CDL License, he was still licensed in both Water and Sewer management.
2. Attempted to terminate the Village Clerk/Manager and in the process committed an Open Meeting Act violation.
3. Welburn tried to introduce a Reorganization of the Village's chain of command in spite of a Village Manager Ordinance.
4. Submitted a draft for an Austerity Program under the premise of saving the Village money. Had this passed it would have needlessly reduced services to the taxpayer.
5. Has failed to increase water rates by 22 percent in order to offset expenses exceeding revenue in the water fund as recommended by USDA Rural Development.
6. At the end of 2014, the Council approved the 2015 budget. It was recommended by the Village Manager to meet sometime in February to reevaluate the budget. To date, Welburn has failed to encourage the reexamination of the 2015 budget.
7. Has steadfastly proclaimed that the village's DPW was not being run correctly. However, prior to his arrival on the political scene it ran just fine under the direction of the current Village Manager. Moral is at an all-time low under the direction of the Director of the DPW Elton Hackenberg.
8. Under his leadership there have been more closed sessions conducted by the council in 10 months than in the past 10 years combined.
9. Welburn has alluded to the fact that the Village is not being run correctly. The past 9 audits of the Village's finances would indicate the village is running in the black, and is managed correctly.
10. The December 3, 2014 meeting minutes reflect that Welburn recommendedthat the Village begin plans to purchase a new plow truck and a new back-hoe/loader for the Village at costs nearing $500,000.00.
11. Moral is at an all-time low and not only includes the DPW as mentioned earlier, but within the Villages business office and Council.
Arguably, the list could go on and on and one has to wonder if this is what "We the People" had intended when electing Ron Welburn as Village President. Admittely, the writer has to ponder how his actions have improved the quality of life within the Village of Marcellus.
Once again, the editor of the local newspaper has failed miserably in presenting both sides of the story and continues to slant the news to serve her needs rather than those of the community.