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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

The Marysville City Council met Monday. Chickens and tennis again dominated much of the discussion. Residents for and against an ordinance proposed which would allow keeping and raising chickens within the city limits spoke. An idea floated to allow a one year trial was brought forward. At the end, the ordinance failed on a 3-4 vote.

Council expressed disappointment with the school board offer of $425 per month for six months use of the tennis courts. Various options and opinions were heard, with no action taken. The tennis court committee will reportedly continue to try and bring the parties together on the issue.

Meeting as the Public Building Commission, the council voted to approve a roughly $46,000 bid from a H.R.S. to replace the street in the City Park near the parking for the pool, and a bid of roughly $7,000 for sidewalks in that area. That passed on a 6-1 vote, with Vicki Gross voting no. Funds will come from the pool contingency fund. The swimming pool manager brought forward a number of details for the upcoming season, including opening the pool for lap swim Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings 6:15 – 8:15, and suspend the evening adult swim which had been offered.

Hanger leases at the airport were brought up, and after discussion were approved for the upcoming rental year at the current rate of $189 per month, raising that to $225 next year.

Plans to address curb and gutter work on the west side of the elementary school, improving handicapped accessibility were approved, going out for bids in May. A $30,000 bid for resurfacing 20th Street from Center north to Laramie was approved.

Under approval of bills, two conference expenditures were questioned, including the Mayors attendance at a conference in Topeka. Carla Grund and Vicki Gross voted against payment, encouraging the mayor to ask for approval from the council in advance. Vicki Gross in comments at the end of the meeting termed Mayor Bill Phillipi disrespectful toward her and Carla Grund since joining the council.

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.