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Special Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Railbed Project

The City of Marysville has announced a meeting at the city hall to discuss the downtown railbed rehabilitation project on Monday at 6:00 p.m.

Debbie Price, Marysville City Clerk, said a quorum of council persons will be in attendance and a decision may be made on whether or not the project will move forward.

The current plan would place a paved bicycle/walking path on the former rail bed beginning at Broadway Street and meeting Highway 77 on the south border of city park. Marysville was awarded a Kansas Department of Transportation Grant that will pay 80 percent of the cost of the project up to a maximum of 300,000 dollars. The city will be responsible for 20 percent of the cost of the project. The city has already spent 27,000 dollars on engineering fees for the project which cannot be counted in the city’s 20 percent.

On Thursday, KNDY contacted Rick Shain, Marysville City Administrator, who stated that the actual cost of the current plan is unknown. Steve O’Neal, former councilman and the coordinator for the project said the city could lose the state’s portion of the funding and the Kansas Department of Transportation may not consider Marysville for future projects if the city rejects the grant. 

The downtown rail bed project was placed on hold at the last city council meeting after several downtown business owners expressed their concern about costs, parking and the effects on their businesses.

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