The Marysville City Council met Monday. Main Street Director Michelle Whitesell updated the Black Squirrel Project, indicating that an additional nine have been sponsored, and are ordered. Local artist design concepts will be unveiled at a public meeting Thursday evening. Work is to be completed for delivery and public exhibit during Black Squirrel Night in October. She spoke more about another project installing bike racks throughout the community, with 20 sponsored thus far. Locations are to be finalized, from recommendations provided, and would each accommodate two bicycles at a single post pedestal.
Dennis Mason received approval for purchase of heavier grade speaker wire at a cost of $850 plus shipping, that he would install to improve functionality of the downtown speaker system.
Options were considered for improving ADA accessibility parking and access at the Lakeview Sports Complex, and a low bid of $14,000 was approved from All Things Construction.
Discussion continued yet again on the downtown tree project, and the tree board will be further consulted for recommendations. Council member Diane Schroller spoke against the matter, indicating that she has heard many citizen concerns with trees, and she suggested planting boxwood bushes instead. No decisions were made, and the matter will be brought forward.
The low bid of Inline Construction for flush tank renovations was approved, for $61,400, which was over $10,000 under the engineers estimate.
A proposed cost of living wage scale increase was proposed by the City Administrator. The matter was referred to the Admin/Finance Committee.
Council member Terry Hughes suggested using millings that the city has for improving North 8th Street, and Jayhawk Roads. No consensus was reached. Todd Frye brought up the continued frustration from 12th Road residents, regarding timeline and development of a plan for improving 11th, 12th, and Keystone roads. The Mayor indicated that the city was awaiting a T/A survey that could make funding available before proceeding with the conversation, and weighing potential county involvement.
Water and sewer committee continues work developing a public notification policy to advise affected citizens of planned outages.
The City Administrator was given permission to proceed with a survey of 2 city owned vacant lots near 8th and Jackson. If approved, the lots could go up for sealed bid, and a bid process would be outlined. The Mayor reported that one hanger is for rent at the airport.
Joseph Mayhew was approved for hire as a full time officer with the Marysville Police Department, effective May 6. He has four years previous city law enforcement experience, has training and would require only a refresher course.
The City Attorney advised against haying some 27 acres at the city lagoons, with concern that would violate tax-exempt status. The matter was dropped after brief discussion.
Next week is spring cleanup week, and the city has posted a schedule working each quadrant of the community Monday –Thursday. Lawn and garden debris should be set out curbside in containers by 8 a.m., and tree limbs should be bundled such that one person could pick them up.
Council desire for stepped up enforcement of nuisance issues was expressed, with a consideration of hiring a part time position to handle the workload.