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Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

The Marysville City Council met Monday. Following executive session, the council voted to proceed in negotiating a final draft with the Union Pacific Railroad for acquisition of the property between Calhoun and Carolina Streets, including the former Depot and adjacent parking east as previously proposed. The City Attorney was given authority to iron out remaining details for a vote at the next meeting.

Carla Grund questioned the $138 annual charge for Landoll Corporation use of airport property for storage of finished goods. No consensus was reached after lengthy discussion.

A change order was approved essentially reducing the 11th Street terrace for KanEquip and the new Subway from 230’ to 130’, and providing in exchange a better drainage plan for water runoff.

A motion was approved allowing sale of Pony Run Apartments to Pioneer Group, which is also proposing construction of the Bulldog Apartments and Housing north of the senior housing development off 11th Road. That project is going back before the Planning Commission, following revisions.

Carla Grund questioned the need for a 2015 water rate increase, providing figures which show a significant fund balance and income results well over projections, with annual increases each of the last four years. She made a motion to suspend the increase, which led to further discussion. Some wanted to consider the numbers at an upcoming workshop, water tower work was brought up, as well as the practice of smaller annual increases than what could be required in the future if inflation increased costs. A motion to table the issue until the next meeting was approved, which will allow the discussion to continue at the September workshop.

Concern with prioritizing work on Keystone, 11th, and 12th Roads was heard, following a report that other projects in the city have been completed.

The City Attorney reported progress on a meeting with Marysville Sport and Rec, and use of city facilities with the school district. It was proposed that a six year agreement supersede a remaining one year, with five year option, that Marysville Sport and Rec be the sole source contracted, cost of living adjustments are considered, and maintenance agreements with the school remain separate for the ball fields. The parties will meet again at the September workshop in efforts to reach a contract agreement for consideration.

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.