Marysville City Council Meeting Notes – 11/27/17

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The Marysville City Council met Monday. A four-year agreement with the Marshall County Arts Cooperative was approved for operation of the Lee Dam Arts Center. City Administrator Austin St. John presented a map outlining proposed downtown corridor trees, suggesting that around 20 trees would be needed to accommodate areas designed for tree planting that are vacant, or to replace a couple of dead or outgrown trees. He estimated that the cost, with a maintenance agreement for those and existing trees, would run about $20,000. He was given permission to go out for bids, and also to incorporate the Tree Board in the planning process.

Discussion was held regarding a plan to update ADA accessibility at some 50 locations, mostly around the downtown area. Work was completed along Center Street, and it was further suggested that property owners be reminded of the 50/50 cost share program available for replacing sidewalks, which would also improve accessibility. K-DOT grant funding may be available in future years, and it was encouraged that the city seek assistance where possible. At an estimated cost of $800 – $1,000 per location, the total package could run around $50,000. Members of the Street Committee will review the plan prior to the next council meeting.

Condition of several hangers at the city airport was brought up, with at least three in need of attention. It was decided to wait until spring to notify tenants of necessary improvements. The goal is to develop a more consistent look among the hanger buildings.

The city dumpsite remains open winter hours, on Wednesday afternoons 3:30 – 5:30, and Saturday and Sundays 1 – 5 p.m. A special long-term planning workshop is planned for December 4th, at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall.

An informational open house, coordinated by the Kansas Department of Transportation is planned this Thursday evening.


When:  6:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 30, 2017
Where:  Marysville City Hall, 209 N. 8th Street, Marysville, KS 66508

An open house public meeting will be conducted to discuss the US-36 CORRIDOR PLAN.  The corridor plan is being prepared for the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Marysville.  The plan will help these agencies better understand the nature of future development and will recommend future transportation improvements that might be needed along the US-36 corridor between 4th Street and 12th Road.  Representatives from the agencies preparing the corridor plan will be available during the times listed above for informal discussions with area residents, neighborhood associations, property owners and other interested persons.  If you are unable to attend the open house, you can send written comments to:

Austin St. John            or                  Jason Hoskinson
City Administrator                           BG Consultants
209 N. 8th Street                              1405 Wakarusa Dr
Marysville, KS 66508                        Lawrence, KS 66049           

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.