Marysville City Council Meeting Notes – 9/25/2023

Marysville City Council met Monday and discussed options for an interim city administrator with Austin St. John leaving the post in October. A part time candidate would work perhaps three days per week and would be assured same salary and benefits as the current administrator, in addition to covering mileage and lodging. One prospect was mentioned, and councilmember Jeff Keating offered an alternative in using previous city administrator Rick Shain. Mayor Jason Barnes indicated that he would not be in favor of nominating Shain. Consensus was to reach out to the League of Municipalities to advertise short term for candidates and see who may be available. An interim would likely serve a three-to-six-month term until a full-time prospect is hired.

Approval was given for the police department to pursue a state grant, funded through federal ARPA funds for $62,000 with the city contributing 10% toward updating vehicle radios. Another federal grant in the works through the senate would fund $173,000 for a drug analyzer at $40,000 which would be one of three in the state and would be available for northeast Kansas. It would also fund updated vehicle cameras, and the UTV purchase recently approved.

Millings on Jayhawk Road were discussed, and council consensus was to see how they hold up this winter before considering additional millings. It was mentioned that a portable milling machine could be helpful in providing patching for alleys and such.

Public concern with seeding of the ballfields at Dargatz Park was discussed. Austin St. John said that decision was made at a city council workshop and would result in less workload in maintenance for park staff. Councilman Todd Frye was not at the workshop, and expressed concern that such a decision was made without Parks and Rec Committee consideration, and no open discussion at regular council meetings. After considerable back and forth, no change was made to the recent seeding which was done. The ball fields will still be available for practice and play.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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