The Marysville City Council met Monday evening, and approved a request from Marysville Main Street to participate in the First Impressions program, coordinated through K-State Research and Extension. A team of volunteers will exchange visits with a like size community and complete a survey of positive and negative features, which allow that community a fresh insight as to what new people to their community may experience. No cost is involved.
The city administrator advised of some $6,000 in damage to the Koester House roof when a portion of a tree fell during a recent storm. Consideration of paying the entire repair cost, with a $5,000 deductible was discussed, but not approved. An insurance claim will be filed.
Several council members expressed frustration with repairs to the city street sweeper, which has been in for repair for a year, following a fire. It was requested that return of the sweeper, or use of a loaner be a priority. Council member Vicky Gross questioned several expenditures on the consent agenda, including concern with some $400 spent annually by the Police Department, and $1,600 annually by the Street Department for coffee.
A recommendation from the mayor was approved, setting policy that the city swimming pool have an adult at least 18-years-old on premises and in charge of the pool during operating hours. At the previous meeting, a motion had been approved allowing city administrator discretion in allowing individuals under the age of 18 to be in charge. Council member Kevin Throm expressed concern that the pool had closed last Sunday afternoon, per a policy that the air temperature be at least 70 degrees. He noted that lap swim at the heated pool was routinely offered with early morning temps in the 50’s. Council asked the city administrator look into the Red Cross recommendation as to the policy to close for cooler weather.
Police Chief Todd Ackerman received approval for purchase of new bullet proof vests for officers. The city will make up the balance of funding after a federal match is applied, Ackerman has solicited two private donations, and recognized a generous donation from the memorial of Mike “Slup” Slupianek, who had served as a police officer at one time. Ackerman was also questioned about the wellness program offered, which allows officers to work out at Marysville Health and Fitness during paid work time. The issue has raised questions since inception several years back, and is reviewed annually. He spoke in favor of continuing the program, citing stress relief, fitness benefits, and officer interaction with the public.
Council again briefly visited the issue of adding several stop signs around town, and consideration of speed bumps on city streets to slow traffic. Ackerman indicated that his office was updating the city codes, and would provide recommendations in the near future.
A budget workshop previously scheduled for July 6th has been rescheduled for July 10th at 5:15 p.m. prior to the next council meeting.