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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

Marysville City Council met Monday. Rob Peschel with the Partnership For Growth presented a proposal the group is pursuing to develop a business park. They are currently negotiating for eleven acres located north of the property from Kan Equip, the Pizza Hut, and Walmart. Council heard, and addressed the city insurance carrier regarding city employee concerns with claims and reimbursements. The consent agenda, which includes various pay requests, was approved, after discussion on an $8,407 change order for a backwash pit for the new swimming pool. A motion by Carla Grund to deny the request did not receive a second, and a motion by Wayne Price for approval passed 6-2 with Grund and Vicki Gross voting no. Following discussion regarding suspension of two years rate increase as proposed in the five year plan for sewer rates, it was noted that the suspension will result in approximately $125,000 lost revenue for the department. Curb and gutter work in the city began this week. It was reported that the City Park layout would not include adequate room for addition of two tennis courts, for a total of eight that would meet U.S. Tennis Association standards. There would be room for six on the present site, with adequate room for bleachers if the Beattie Depot and Schoolhouse were moved. Study of the project continues, with preliminary engineering estimates due this month. The mayor floated an idea for adding a lazy river to the new pool, at a cost of $1.225 million dollars. It was determined that there was not sufficient council interest to move forward with the idea. Carla Grund suggested prepaying bonds for curb and gutter, and the North 11th Street projects to save interest. It was noted that the council previously moved to pay the projects off early in February 2014. A motion to change that plan resulted in a 4-4 tie, with the mayor voting no. Grund, Gross, Frye, and Schroller voted to move the prepayment date forward.

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.