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Marysville City Council Notes – August 26

The Marysville City Council met Monday. Among public comment, overgrowth of brush in the ditch along Jayhawk Road was noted, with concern for walkers and bikers along the route. Allie Argo with Marysville Main Street was present, and updated the council on several upcoming events and activities. She received approval to add a window to the office, in the former police station, with Argo Construction donating the labor.

A Kansas Department of Transportation survey of the economic impact of airports on Kansas communities indicated that the Marysville Airport annually generates over $813,000 in economic activity. A review of the proposed taxiway connector agreement with KDOT will benefit the city in cost savings. The project is proposed, but no action has been taken.

A demolition bid of $8,342 for a property at 810 N. 4th Street was approved; Mike gee had the only bid. Later in the meeting the council discussed the status of several pending, and several other properties that are in disrepair.

A clarification on the proposed impact to the city through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program for updates to Pony Run and Elm Street Apartments was reviewed.

Among committee reports, overtime pay for fire and police was brought up, and is being studied by the committee in charge. A motion failed 3-5 to suspend paying for city representatives’ dues and meals for organizations such as Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, etc. Carla Grund made the motion, with Vicki Gross and Dennis Schroller in the minority.

The council finalized ordinances regarding extended notification of residents within 1250’ of a zoning change for suburban residential/large lot neighborhoods, and another regarding residency requirements for committee assignments, extending within a 3 mile zone from the city.

Following executive session, it was approved to settle a rock claim dispute with a contractor in the amount of $5,850. A city council workshop will be held Tuesday, September 3, beginning at 5 pm.

During roundtable, it was noted that property owners are responsible for trimming trees or bushes that may be screening traffic signs. Recent growths after the summer rains have created some issues. Residents are also encouraged to install a curbside, or residence address visible for emergency services. No action was taken with these regards.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.