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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

The Marysville City Council met Monday, and unanimously approved a $93,000 bid to renovate and reseal the six tennis courts in the Marysville City Park. Discussion included council members report on a visit to inspect the companies work on two different courts in Lincoln. Carla Grund and Vicki Gross came back impressed. The work includes a five year warranty, which can be renewed with resealing in five years. The investment was contrasted with a one million dollar estimate for new courts. USD 364 Superintendent Bill Mullins was present, and asked to negotiate a reasonable ten year agreement for use of the tennis courts, and city ball fields. The School Board at their last meeting voted not to share in tennis court repair costs.

No bids were received on a third effort to find a contractor to complete work on the city water tower, including sealing, paint, new logo, and overcoat. Concerns with overspray drifting onto adjacent business and vehicles are an issue. The engineer in charge recommended breaking the project into several parts, and rebid. A $65,000 bid was approved for water line repairs on Jackson Street.

The issue of spending $59,000 for an airport connector project was brought from the table on a 5-3 vote. Previous concerns were again discussed, with Carla Grund leading dissent, expressing that the facility was used by just a few residents. The mayor cited increased safety at the facility with the improvements. A vote to proceed failed on a 3-5 vote, with Beikman, Cohorst, and Ackerman voting yes.

A motion to amend an ordinance that will raise water rates in 2015 was presented. Council voted against the effort to eliminate the increase on a 3-4 vote, with Price abstaining. A bid for improvements to the coal shed at the Koester House Museum was approved, with the city covering 20%, or about $10,000 of the project cost.

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.