The Marysville City Council met Monday. Jarod Smith was present, requesting a water line extension to serve up to twenty homes proposed for development in a new housing subdivision on the north side of U.S. Highway 36 east of the Marysville City Limits. He asked $50,000 – $75,000 for materials only, anticipating he would cover the balance, which could top $200,000. The home sites would be landscaped, with a rock road meeting township and county specifications. A motion not to fund improvements unless the subdivision was annexed, which has been city policy was withdrawn, and following additional discussion a motion to fund up to $70,000 toward water line improvements, not requiring annexation, resulted in a 3-3 tie, with Carla Grund, Todd Frye, and Tim Ackerman voting no. The mayor broke the tie voting yes.
An offer from the Kansas Department of Transportation was approved, allowing proposed access for the Subway store being developed east of Marysville, with the city agreeing to develop an access management plan for that entire area east from 20th Street to the east city limits. KDOT will cover 100% of costs, and the city providing assistance as needed with engineering, utility easement, and right of way costs for future access projects.
Negotiations with Marysville USD 364 continue on sharing costs for replacing the tennis courts in the city park. Several options were discussed with the school district offering in the range of $12,000 annual user fees for use of all city facilities. The mayor countered asking for something in the $50,000 range. The two parties remain divided on a compromise, and additional negotiations will continue. Work on the new city pool continues on schedule with completion expected late May, for a scheduled opening May 25th.
Work on the third Lifetile Mural west of the Pony Express statue downtown is planned, with the artist contracted to visit the community soon. He will film downtown, and the ferry park. Half of the mural will contrast old downtown photos with the current streetscape, and the other half will feature a ferry crossing the Big Blue River. The project has been funded through donations. Four art quilt blocks were recently installed on the building wall to the west of the statue.
Consensus was to have the city attorney draft a proposed pilot program which would allow raising chickens within city limits. The idea would allow ten residents, drawn lottery style, from among any applicants. The pilot program would then be reviewed after a year. The issue has brought strong sentiments from residents both in favor of, and opposing the prospect of raising chickens within city limits.