Short $100,000 in a fundraising effort to purchase and renovate the former Union Pacific depot in Marysville as a community and events center, Landmark Enterprise representative Linda Swim Tuesday evening reluctantly advised the Marysville City Council that the group had raised $37,850 from some 80 donors, which left the effort short facing a deadline this week. Landmark had initially been formed in an attempt to save and renovate the former Simmons Auditorium in the City Park into a performing arts theater. When that project fell apart due to funding issues, Landmark turned their sights to renovation efforts of the depot. An initial goal of $30,000 to purchase the building through the city with an estimated one million dollar renovation price tag later ballooned to a $130,000 goal for the building and adjacent land, on which the group hoped to add a multi-million dollar performing arts theater. Thanking donors, Swim promised transparency and integrity in moving forward exploring other options. Marysville City Council later in the meeting, following executive session, voted to terminate efforts in negotiating terms with Union Pacific and Landmark.
In other business, city council declined funding an estimated $70,000 toward design and inspection efforts to complete brick street repair of the 500 block of Broadway, as well as the half blocks from Broadway to Center on Fifth and Sixth Streets, along with leveling the Broadway intersection on the Seventh Street corridor. Kansas Department of Transportation currently has some $15 million that will be available for shovel ready projects, and City Administrator Rick Shain had recommended applying for $700,000 toward that project. He indicated that the city would have a better chance of receiving the competitive grant if design efforts were completed for the application. With no guarantee of funding, council opted not to move forward at this time.
With recent voter approval of a one percent sales tax to fund a new swimming pool in Marysville, the project architects advised a timeline. Final design efforts will continue this winter, with a proposed closing of the current pool mid August 2013. Ground work and construction at that site would immediately proceed, with completion expected for opening of the new facility Memorial weekend 2014.
Ongoing efforts to clean up several private properties were on the agenda, with a public hearing resulting in condemnation of an unoccupied, dilapidated structure owned by Danny Shoff at 810 North 4th. Multiple attempts to contact the owner, who lives outside Marysville were unsuccessful. A motion to dismiss a complaint on the Esslinger property at 510 North 6th followed recent work fencing in the area, and clean up by the owner. Ongoing cleanup efforts of the Linkugal Trust property at 210 Elm were recognized, with the City to monitor progress. Finally a 120 extension was granted on the Dittmer property at 400 May Street. Rick Stoll has a contract to purchase the property, and was granted the extension to remove a dilapidated structure.
Dan Hoyer and his son Nick approached the council regarding an ordinance allowing chickens within city limits. They commented on a city draft based on a Roeland Park ordinance that would have imposed a $100 fee, with $75 annual renewal. They were concerned with the high fees proposed. As this was a first draft, council assured the two that discussion on the matter would continue, with further changes likely before final approval.
A request for $19,500 was turned down for adding a support structure to the city water tower that would better accommodate city owned antennas. The proposal comes forward as part of a plan to repaint the tower. Council members were concerned with the cost, and asked for additional information.