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Marysville City Council Notes – April 28

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 A motion not to fund improvements unless the subdivision was annexed, which has been city policy was withdrawn, and following additional discussion a motion to fund up to $70,000 toward water line improvements, not requiring annexation, resulted in a 3-3 tie, with Carla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.

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.