The Marysville City Council met Monday. A representative with BG Consultants presented options for consideration for state funded highway improvements, with an application deadline for 2018 projects, this Friday. Initial plans were to seek matching funds for milling and overlay of U.S. Highway 77, south from the U.S. Highway 36 intersection. That is estimated to cost $438,000, with a city match of $147,000 required. An option to replace U.S. Highway 77 south of the U.S. Highway 36 junction with concrete to the north City Park entrance would cost $1.43 million, with the city match $430,000. The asphalt overlay would have a 7-10 year lifespan, while concrete should last 20 years or longer. Discussion included adding a concrete intersection at the U.S. Highway 77/U.S. Highway 36 junction, which wears with turning vehicles, and truck traffic. With that, the council motion was passed 7-0 to apply for the grant funding concrete replacement of the intersection, south to the north City Park entrance. If approved, the council has an opportunity to accept or reject the application.
Specifics were discussed and approved for improvements at Feldhausen Field. A motion to purchase 10 rows of elevated bleachers behind home plate was approved 6-1 for $23,400. Two bids were considered for construction and installation of a new elevated press box. The lower bid by J.D. Construction was defeated 2-5, with a $700 higher bid from Inline Construction then approved 7-0. Concerns were product estimates on the lower bid, and anticipated ability to get the work done this spring between high school, and summer league games. The press box approval, with demolition of existing structure, will be $26,645. Marysville was selected to host the State Legion Baseball Tournament this summer.
Greg Boss was present, and outlined an event being planned for September 2018. The Boss Nationals will celebrate the introduction of the Boss Mustang in 1968, and will coincide with Boss Motors 80th anniversary celebration in 2018. A three-day event September 7-9 will include cars from throughout the United States.
Bob Connell asked the city council to pay for paving a portion of the alley just north of the car wash he is building at Fifth and Center. The cost was estimated at $3,500. Council agreed to pay up to $1,750 for the work, with Connell paying the balance. That was approved.
Approval was granted for various other events, including the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt in the City Park, a street dance with a blues band in front of Joe’s Bar downtown Friday, April 30th, the Mother’s Day Market in May, and the Big Blue BBQ in June.