The Marysville City Council met Tuesday. Considerable discussion revolved around a proposal for developing a disc golf course in the Marysville City Park. Mayor Carla Grund and several council members argued that the park was not the appropriate location, citing potential liability and safety concerns. Grund shared recommendations from the Disc Golf Association suggesting an acre and a half per hole, reminding that the city park is only around five acres total. She had visited park courses in Manhattan, Wamego, and Beatrice and observed that these were located further afield from other attractions and were in significantly larger size parks. Potential damage to trees was also mentioned.
Council members Todd Frye and Jason Barnes argued in favor of the city park location, with hopes that the increased visibility would attract users. The mayor suggested Lakeview Sports Complex as an alternate site, which was not received enthusiastically due to a lack of shade trees, less visibility, and location. It was noted that Marysville Sport and Rec had installed a couple of disc golf standards, but they were not used often. A compromise alternative that would use the west side of the city park along the trail and take advantage of unused vacant city property to the south east of the park led a compromise tabling of the proposal so that a revised plan could be developed. Toward the end of the conversation, Terry Hughes suggested using open space north of Inline Construction, at the current south trail head for the Blue River Rail Trail.
In a request for outdoor beer garden permits for the Big Blue Barbecue and Boss Nationals, bar owner Joe Cohorst asked that the council consider allowing bars and restaurants be allowed outside sidewalk seating on occasion. He had presented the concept a year ago. No action was taken, but he was encouraged to contact Main Street Director Michelle Whitesell for input and ideas.
The Koester House Museum Foundation was given permission to proceed with doing a test panel that would help determine costs involved with reconstruction of the brick wall surrounding the property. The foundation would front the cost. They asked city assistance repairing a wood floor, and tin roof on the coal shed on the property and were advised to return with a cost estimate.
A lone bid of $5,600 for city owned lots along Spring Creek in south Marysville from Nic Stoll was approved. He owns adjacent property and plans to bring infill dirt and build housing. His request for waiver of a building permit was tabled so that a policy equitable to any future requests could be considered.
Kevin Crome was present and requested vacating an undeveloped section of 11th Street near Jackson, in an effort to stem traffic crossing his property at that location. A section of Jackson that is currently a half street was also brought up, and the council wanted to assure an easement for future access to water lines in the area.
Council was divided but moved forward with a $20,000 bid from Gudenkauf Tree Service to replace and update trees downtown, according to a master plan presented by City Administrator Austin St. John. All affected property owners had been contacted by Marysville Main Street for feedback. Final vote was 4-3 to proceed with planting late this summer. Terry Hughes, Diane Schroller, and Jason Barnes voted no. Hughes said not one person he spoke with wanted trees, Schroller indicated that only a couple she heard from were in favor, and Barnes concurred, expressing reservation using tax dollars for the improvements. It was mentioned that Walmart has no trees and has considerably more business than downtown.
Approval was given to advertise for a part time code enforcement officer, at a rate of $13 – 14 per hour. The vote was 6-1, with Schroller voting no.
An ordinance proposed from the Administration and Finance Committee adding prohibition of sales as well as use of certain fireworks, including bottle rockets, and sky lanterns passed on a 5-2 vote, with Bobbi Pippia and Todd Frye voting no. Frye expressed concern with the timing, noting that those selling fireworks this summer may already have purchased stock which cannot be returned.
The mayor inquired as to developing a policy for use of city facilities by for profit enterprises, noting tennis camps, and archery events in the city park. She asked the council and city attorney for input. No decisions were made.
Cleve Walstrom was recognized with proclamation commending years of service as a volunteer coordinator of the Jolly Jogathon. The 40th annual event will be this Sunday afternoon at Homer Hanson Stadium, and the day was declared Cleve Walstrom Day.