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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

Marysville City Council met Monday, and considered options for a communications antenna located on the city water tower. Planned repainting will require moving the antennas which serve the city, schools, sheriff, and emergency services. Options for relocating the antennas to a temporary, or another permanent location were considered. Following discussion, ideas to locate a tower near the city lagoon west of town appeared the most feasible. Alternatives were leaving as is, not repainting, leasing another tower, setting a tower alongside, or relocation. No decisions were made.

Council met Tuesday evening to review proposed options for the tennis court project in the city park. Members suggested including the school board in the planning process, with hopes of sharing construction costs.

Opinions were divided on proceeding with a connector project at the city airport, which would allow pilots a turnaround point midfield. An updated engineering estimate came in at $170,000, with the city responsible for a percentage of anything up to, as well as anything over $160,000. Those costs could amount to upwards of $80,000. Concerns with turning down a state grant already approved were heard, with the council voting 5-3 to table the project.

No decision was made on a proposal to charge commercial operators for use of the city brush dump site. Council discussed briefly ideas with regard to the city acquisition of the former Union Pacific Railroad Depot, railyard, and parking. Hopes are to coordinate with K-DOT on improving access and function on Seventh Street immediately north of U.S. Highway 36. It was noted that storm water/drainage issues previously discussed may be ready for presentation to the Planning Commission meeting Thursday. Carla Grund urged development of five year, as well as long term plans, particularly with the machinery reserve, and capital improvement funds.

Mayor Bill Phillippi reported that he had testified in Topeka this past week on a resolution which may combine city and school board elections in November.


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.