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Disk Golf Again Topic Of Discussion At Marysville City Council Meeting – 6/25/18

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The Marysville City Council met Monday. The city audit was presented, with no significant issues. Representatives with Sunflower Credit Union returned with a request that the city replace the west half of the alley to the south of their new building. The matter had been discussed previously, with plans adjusted to keep the alleyway open to two way traffic. An estimated cost of $33-35,000 was presented. Council appeared receptive, noting the worn state of the current surface and asked that a firm cost proposal be brought back to the next meeting.

Representatives with Blue Stem Energy of Omaha presented the council a proposal to develop a renewable energy plan that could provide electricity and reduce utility costs for operation of municipal buildings and facilities. At no cost to the city, the firm would return with a feasibility study and recommendation for a solar build out that the city could then either accept or reject with no further obligation. They have worked in several states, with Marysville their first foray into Kansas. The mayor questioned whether producing power for city consumption would affect existing long-term franchise agreements with Westar Energy. It was noted that electricity would likely not be produced in sufficient quantity for resale. If a proposal were accepted, the firm would retain ownership and be responsible for all equipment installed and would take advantage of any tax credits available. Council asked time to consider the offer and have legal counsel review existing agreements with an invitation they return for the next meeting.

Condemnation proceedings were initiated for properties at 1210 May Street, and 308 May Street. A public hearing on the matter will be published, and pending the outcome, could lead to city demolition of the structures, with liens on property taxes offsetting the expense. Property owners will have the right to bring the structures into compliance or remove at their expense. It was noted that if this process works well, other properties could be considered in the future.

A request for purchase of a new air compressor was tabled for discussion at an upcoming budget workshop. Unanimous approval was given for purchase of a used unmarked patrol vehicle for the police department from Kansas Highway Patrol surplus. The 2016 Ford Explorer will cost $23,350 and will be added to the police vehicle rotation.

Two bids were received for concrete work on replacing a portion of the Hometown Drive subdivision. The low bid of $150,185 from Inline Construction was accepted, to be funded through the sales tax fund. Council member Todd Frye expressed initial reservation with concern over the current fund balance. He was assured that a $300,000 payment from the state will be forthcoming as part of a grant share that funded highway improvements completed previously.

A budget workshop was scheduled for July 5th at 5:15 p.m. The police chief advised that Bryant Frerking, who has been a part time officer with the department the past couple of years would be going full time beginning July 9th, bringing the staff back to full force after the recent retirement of Larry Wenzel. Frerking will attend a fourteen-week training program this summer of fall. Council learned that USD 364 has dropped support for sharing a full-time school resource officer with the city. Potential grant funding turned out to not be available that would have defrayed expenses.

The ad hoc committee investigating disc golf options provided an update. They had toured all possible sites and returned with several options. Initially that did not appear to include the City Park, but only a property along Jackson Street adjacent to the southwest of the park. This brought comment from several council members who felt that broke trust with an earlier agreement that the park would be considered among options if a designer was brought in. Discussion appeared to leave the City Park as an option, along with consideration of the 22 acres along Jackson, 8 acres at Lakeview Sports Complex, and 300+ acres along the levee near the Historic Trails Park at the river.

Lions Park was dropped from consideration as being too small, and a site near the Blue River Rail Trail was dropped after their organization indicated they were not interested. The mayor continued to emphasize safety issues if City Park were considered. She and several council members had participated in a disc golf demonstration recently. She noted that one disc went into the children’s play area, two went into the swimming pool, another struck her in the leg causing a bruise, and yet another struck a tree taking off several inches of bark. The issue as to how best to proceed became the next topic, with several disc golf designers identified.

After considerable back and forth, consensus was to contact them and see if they were willing to visit the Marysville sites, draft a rough design, and provide reasoning as to their best site recommendation. An idea brought forward by Mayor Carla Grund that additional property near Lakeview Sports Complex could be acquired, with options including a splash park for children be included brought concern from Jason Barnes among other council members that the cost could easily escalate past what they considered reasonable by the public.

Designers will be contacted, and the matter will move forward as proposals are further developed. A site has not been selected at this time. The matter has raised public attention after Kyle Goracke initially proposed a course in the City Park. Angela Sutton Schmale spoke during public comment earlier during Mondays meeting, and was very critical of the mayor and some council members treatment of Goracke at the June 11th meeting, where he was challenged on specifics and safety concerns. She felt that the confrontation reflected poorly on the community, and efforts by volunteers.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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 2020 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.

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