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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

The Marysville City Council met Monday, and was presented an estimate for roughly $90,000 for curb and gutter work on Tenth Street, from Laramie to Jenkins. That was approved. Council discussed several vacant, or neglected properties in the city. It was consensus that the specific properties noted were current on taxes, and did not present an immediate threat to health or safety. Still, the city remains diligent in efforts encouraging owners to adequately maintain properties. Later in the meeting, status of the vacant Carolyn’s Kitchen building was raised. The mayor indicated that he has been in contact with the owners, who are apparently reluctant to do anything at this time.

Budget issues came up several times during the meeting, with the City Administrator asked what he was doing to control the general fund. The Council on a 3-4 vote denied a request for Rick Shain to attend an IMCA meeting coming up. During roundtable discussion, Carla Grund distributed a three page outline regarding potential budget savings. She indicated that she believed the city could achieve a six mill reduction in taxes next year. It was requested that the Admin/Finance Committee meet prior to preparation of the annual budget.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has approved preliminary plans for highway access for a new Subway store near KanEquip. They are proceeding with filing building plans.

Concerns with contingency costs, and responsibility for various changes, or issues at the new pool were discussed with no action taken. Council met in executive session for one half hour following a question from the last meeting that involved a city employee, and an elected official. No details provided, with no action taken.

It was suggested that the Marysville School Board appears reluctant to resolve the tennis court issue. A recommendation from City Attorney John McNish to explore the potential of creating a recreation board will be further explored.

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.