The Marysville City Council met Monday. A brief reception was held for the outgoing council members, and new members were sworn in. Those newly elected members include Bobbi Pippia, Terry Hughes, Diane Schroller, and Jason Barnes. A letter of resignation from Brad Ekiss was accepted, as he and wife Sharon are moving to Pennsylvania to take on another job. Council unanimously approved the mayor’s recommendation for Gina Graham to fill the two year, unexpired term replacing Ekiss. She is the daughter of Tom and Kathy Lehechka, graduated Marysville High School in 2001, and Kansas State in 2005 with a degree in interior design. She and husband Greg own a home on 20th Street, he works for Tension Envelope, and she is a stay at home mother of a 5 and 2 1/2-year-old. The family moved back to Marysville two years ago.
Kevin Throm was reelected City Council President. The mayor appointed Darlene Boss, Terry Hughes, and Diane Schroller to the Administrative and Finance Committee, and will outline other appointments at the next meeting.
Dennis Mason requested an increase in the amount funded for electricity for lighting the Veterans Memorial. A budget of $45 per month was approved six months ago, and the monthly bills have averaged $54. Mason spoke of efforts to build a roof over the structure, but has not heard back from four contractors contacted. The group had not gone further investigating alternative options, such as solar. A motion passed to fund the electricity for the balance of 2018 while alternatives are explored. Water and weather are deteriorating the porous plaques, nearly half of which have required repair work.
Council voted to accept a $1,000 donation from Marysville Main Street, toward downtown tree development. It was pointed out by a council member that the city contributes $15,000 annually to support the Main Street program. Director Michelle Whitesell gave a brief presentation.
The consent agenda was approved, after the council voted unanimously to take a $3,500 payment requested by B.G. Consultants for work on the U.S. Highway 36 overlay project. The mayor pointed out that the delays requiring additional man hours were driven largely by onset of cold weather, and subcontractor delays, neither of which could be controlled by the city. Kevin Throm at a previous meeting spoke of concerns with starting the asphalt work in November. It was consensus that the City Administrator negotiate a proposed settlement, and return with details.
No action was taken on a request to move Lilly Lynch from part time, to full time in the Water Department. That matter will be revisited next meeting. A motion was approved unanimously to purchase $51,000 worth of man-made rock for street chip and seal work. This will cause less dust than previous. Discussion was held regarding what the city should do with the remaining rock. Terry Hughes suggested chip sealing Jayhawk Road. The City Administrator presented a recommendation for purchase of a new street sweeper, at a cost of $204,000. The current unit was in for repair much of the past year, and now has a significant oil leak. He was instructed to return with a cost less trade in of the current unit.
The city will be purchasing 15 water test stations, at a cost of $1,000 each to improved efficiency in collecting water samples, as mandated by the state.
Planning and Zoning Committee will meet Thursday evening, and will consider a site plan change for Sunflower Credit Union, reducing the drive through from 3 to 2 lanes, and to review a draft sketch of a proposed industrial park being promoted by Marshall County Partnership for Growth, near KanEquip east of Marysville.
The City Administrator reported on an increase in the general fund year over year, with a carryover balance of $440,000. Water revenues were down, sewer revenues up, and the sales tax fund balance was $790,000. This was down $138,000 from a year ago, but $300,000 will be reimbursed by K-DOT for the highway resurface project, as part of the K-Link grant program.