The Marysville City Council met Monday. The City Attorney was present, and rendered opinions on two matters. The first dealt with creating a taxing district for improvements to 11th Road, and Keystone Road. The challenge being that Keystone is on the city limit, and adjacent property owners may not all be within city limits. Those affected property owners could consent, but not be required to be included. An outline of affected property owners will be determined, and conversations initiated to determine initial interest before proceeding further. An interlocal agreement with the county would be another option.
The second matter was an interpretation of appropriate use for sales tax proceeds collected for the city swimming pool construction, and maintenance. The matter came down to a definition of a special use bond, which would run for ten years, or a general bond which is for twenty years. The City Attorney opinion is that it is a general-purpose bond, and proceeds could be directed for other purposes, for a term up to twenty years. The .6% sales tax assessment was not, in his opinion, pledged only to a specific project. Admitting he could not speak to intent or purposes, the bond is structured as such that broad discretion would in fact be more political than anything else.
Jim Swim Sr. gave a presentation on the benefits of planting milkweeds as a support for migratory monarch butterflies. He urged the council to consider planting milkweeds on city owned properties.
Approval was given for a bid just over $86,000 from the sewer replacement fund to cover sewer line repairs, and approval was given to move forward with advertising for bids for apron improvements at the city airport.
Capital improvement projects were again discussed, with the mayor seeking council input. A prioritized list of streets needing repair will be reviewed, and the mayor suggested adding some projects to the budget being developed. The mayor asked that the council advise the City Administrator on any budget priorities, and suggested that a goal of maintaining a stable mill levy be a priority.
Another community has indicated interest in buying the bleachers from Feldhausen Field, which are being replaced. The city is seeking volunteers early in May to disassemble them, and assist with putting the new bleachers together.