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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

The Marysville City Council met Monday. An amended budget presented by Carla Grund at the council workshop was adopted for publication, with a final vote planned August 11th. The mill levy proposed is 67.464, a decrease of 7.306 mills. The original proposal would have decreased the levy 1.202 mills. During discussion the Mayor read several comments concerning the long term impact of transferring additional sales tax funds to the general fund, and thus allowing adequate funds for larger future projects. Council voted to proceed with the amended budget 5-2 with Keith Beikman voting present, Tim Ackerman and Shawn Cohorst voting no.

Following discussion, a proposal was considered for presentation to USD 364 at a special meeting Wednesday for use of the tennis courts. It was consensus to address the tennis courts only, and revisit the ball fields later. The City will ask $975 per month, for a period of four months annually, through 2019.

Council voted to keep the City Pool open weekends after school starts, until September 15th, and to also keep the pool open Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings for lap swim.

Steve Blumer presented an update on the Hartley Ridge Subdivision he is planning north of Marysville along Jayhawk Road, to the east of Eighth Street. Plat proposal is for 15 building sites. Utility material costs were estimated at $195,000 to be funded by the City, with Blumer providing labor for water lines, sewer lines and a lift station. He is planning concrete streets. The project is subject to rezoning from ag to residential. Following discussion on previous assessments for other subdivisions, the matter was tabled to gather more information.

The Planning Commission was divided on an initial proposal for the Bulldog Housing Complex, to be located east of the Senior Housing east of Marysville. Concerns with density of the 48 units, as well as increased traffic at the 11th Road intersection on U.S. Highway 36 were heard. An initial proposal to place a traffic light at the intersection was withdrawn pending results of an updated traffic survey of the location. Drafting an ordinance regarding storm water regulation was discussed. It would be added to the code book, and would give the Planning Commission greater authority in determining appropriate measures for proposed developments.

Approval was given to proceed with levy repair of soil erosion. Project cost of nearly $17,000 will be funded through the sales tax revenue.
Condemnation proceedings continue for a property at 600 Elm Street, with a hearing scheduled September 9th. The school district was granted permission to block off, and use City Park for a back to school bash, and 125th anniversary celebration planned august 9th.

Updates have been completed on the City website, which is cityofmarysvilleks.com.

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.