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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

The Marysville City Council met in special session Tuesday, July 8th ahead of a scheduled budget workshop. Following two fifteen minute executive sessions, a motion was approved to redact and release a previous memo. The special session was then adjourned, and council began the workshop.

Discussion followed on a potential tractor replacement, possible acquisition of a mower trailer, a snow plow for a recently acquired truck, and the shortage of asphalt available in the area for street projects.

A proposed budget draft was presented by City Administrator Rick Shain, with a reduction of approximately 1.2 mills. Carla Grund presented alternates to the proposal, calling for transfer of $100,000 from the sales tax fund in 2015 to the general fund, resulting in an approximate 4 mill reduction. She further proposed reducing $50,000 in ad valorem taxes from the bond and interest fund, resulting in an approximate 2 mill reduction. Shain expressed concern with the alternates, pointing out that drawing down the bond and interest fund would not allow for future general obligation projects, or would severely limit the size of them, once the fund is paid down in 2018. He also expressed concern that the practice of using sales tax proceeds for the general fund would not allow for special project funding in the future, and will eventually lead to folding the sales tax into the general fund. Grund indicated that she was in favor of developing a five year plan, and paying with available funds. Council consensus was to proceed with incorporating the proposals for review in July, with a budget hearing slated for August.

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.