Marysville city council meeting Monday approved requests from Marysville Chamber and Main Street for the annual Mother’s Day Market in the city park May 13-14, and Big Blue River Days downtown June 2-3. Over 90 vendors are registered for the flea market, anyone interested should contact Stacy Mayer at the Chamber of Commerce. The Sunday barbecue will be dine in or carry out at the Helvering Center. The 32nd annual car show will be held in conjunction with Big Blue River Days. Live bands will perform downtown on Friday and Saturday nights, and a parade is being added this year, scheduled for Saturday June 3 at 4 p.m.
Unanimous approval was given for the low bid from Inline Construction of $150,000 for ADA ramps, and curb and gutter work this year. Council questioned merits of a $48,000 bid for engineering work toward improvements of Keystone Road, and an additional section of 11th Terrace in east Marysville. Comments were made that work may be farther down the road, and engineering at this time may be preliminary. Others noted that having plans in place ahead of grant opportunities could be helpful.
Councilman Todd Frye shared citizen concerns with the slow piecemeal pace of improvements. Kevin Throm reluctantly moved to approve the bid, noting that future costs would very likely be higher for engineering, and it could be used if grants become available. Jeff Keating reminded that if improvements are made in the future, some additional properties will have to be annexed. The motion to approve passed 6-1.
B.G Engineer request for engineering for phase two improvements of U.S. 77 south was presented as other firms had declined to bid, due to lack of time. Concern that B.G. has current bids for Keystone and east side street improvements, as well as sewage lagoon upgrades was mentioned, before approval was given by unanimous vote.
Fewer than 25% of surveys have been returned from the lead pipe survey, which was mailed to Marysville residents previously, and the public is urged to return those as soon as possible. New ones can be obtained from city hall if needed.