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Marysville City Council Notes

The Marysville City Council met Monday. Following discussion, an agreement with a consultant for a study on the tennis court project was approved, at a cost of just over $39,000. Scope of the agreement with Olsson and Associates would include meetings with the public, city and school officials regarding potential for developing six or eight courts at the present site, options to consider with buildings on the same corner, and cost estimates for development. That was approved on a 6-2 vote with Carla Grund and Vicki Gross voting no. Kelly Schroedel of Home City inquired if the city were to dispose of the Beattie Depot; she may be interested in relocating it adjacent to family home treasures in Home City, and remodeling for use with community functions. No decision was made at this time.

Council revisited discussion regarding city employees taking over mowing responsibility on the levee. After hearing of additional equipment and manpower requirements, it was approved to continue bidding out the project.

Rob Peschel presented a site plan, and supporting documents for a party interested in developing, and locating a fast food establishment on U.S. Highway 36 just west of Kan-Equip. They had approached the Kansas Department of Transportation regarding a highway entrance at that location, and were advised the appropriate permitting procedure. Council voted 7-0 with one present to allow proceeding with the project. Street access to be developed would become 11th Terrace.

An option to purchase a 2006 dump truck was approved with the mayor breaking a 4-4 tie vote. A cost of $32,500 for the truck was higher than an older 2001 model used by the City of Manhattan for $19,500, or the option of replacing the engine on a current truck at approximately $11,000.

Committee appointments were approved, with Dave Seagren replacing Lee Papes on the planning commission, and Mark Smith as alternate. Tony Duever will replace Charlie Weickert on the appeals committee, and Brad Eikess will replace Lesa Dierking on the Koester House Advisory Board. A list of open committee positions is posted on the city website for the public.

Recommendation of a 25 cent per hour increase for city employees effective January 6th was approved and discussion on lifeguard pay was adopted at $7.25 per hour first year, with a 50 cent increase per hour for each year of service. City will pay for re-certification. An option to also pay for initial certification was voted down with the mayor breaking a 4-4 tie. The original motion was accepted then on a 6-2 vote with Tim Ackerman and Sean Cohorst voting no.

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.