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.