The Marysville City Council met Monday. New police officer Joe Mayhew was sworn in, he returns to Marysville from Emporia. Approval was given for the Marysville Public Library to locate a little free library in the city park. A request by Kyle Goracke to develop a disc golf course in the city park was heard. He has sponsors and was asking council approval of the plan. The matter was referred to the Parks and Rec committee to review the sites and investigate any potential liability issues. Darlene Boss expressed concern with people being hit by accident with the discs, and suggested another site, perhaps Lakeview Sports Complex be considered.
Consensus was to move forward sharing cost of hiring a school resource officer with Marysville USD 364. The city would assume 25% of salary and benefits, and would outfit the officer, utilizing the individual during Christmas and spring breaks, and summer months. Chief Todd Ackerman indicated that the position would be relief for other officers taking vacation and time off and would add additional resources during busy summer months. He was not in favor of adding code compliance to job responsibilities, which had been mentioned. He is applying for a Federal Cops Grant that may fund a majority of the costs, on a declining annual basis. It was expected the position could cost the city $12,000 – 13,000 annually, and it is hoped to begin this next school year. David Ohlde, who has served part time as school resource officer will assist with training but will remain in his position as Assistant Chief of Police.
The city administrator brought up reseal and resurfacing the tennis courts. The city is coming up on a five-year deadline to resurface, in order to effect another five year warranty. Mayor Carla Grund shared a large file, and pictures she had taken when the company was called to repair cracks after the last round of repairs. No decisions were made, and the matter will be investigated further.
The low bid from Manko of Manhattan for replacing City Hall windows at a cost of $18,500 was approved 4-3, after the mayor issued an impassioned plea to buy local. The only other bid from Crome Lumber was over 25% higher. Boss, Pippia, and Graham voted no. It was noted that the city has a 10% preference policy for local bidders, but the difference was higher than that range.
Unanimous approval was given for Larson Construction to replace water lines from 7th to 12th on North Street at a cost of $294,000, which was 10% below engineers estimates. Unanimous approval was given to proceed with street designs and bids for 20th Street north to Airport Road, 20th Street north of U.S. Highway 36 to Carolina, and Carolina from 3rd to 5th Streets, and for ADA ramp bid changes at intersections designated for 2018 work. The city is applying for an AARP grant for the ADA projects.
The city pool will open Wednesday morning for lap swim, and the full opening is planned Memorial Day weekend. The mayor floated an idea to utilize FEMA buyout lots in the west part of the community for a fitness trail. Council did not respond optimistically.
A motion by Terry Hughes to add a ban on Skylanterns died for lack of a second, after it was pointed out that although they can be sold, they were currently restricted within the city limits under current code. Council discussed briefly discussions regarding storm water fees, and potential assessments under consideration. It was emphasized that these were only committee discussions, and no proposals have been developed.