The lack of snow this winter has led to a surplus of sand in Marysville.

The lack of snow this winter has led to a surplus of sand in Marysville.

Mayor John Gore told city council Thursday night, March 22, that the savings from this year's mild winter are helping pay for a new sand volleyball courts at Eljer Park.

Gore said construction on the new sand volleyball courts will begin in the next few weeks; the courts will take four to six weeks to complete.

The project will cost $25,000 in materials and another $5,000 in other costs for a total of $30,000.

Gore said the project is being paid for with money saved by the street department due to the mild weather. The city spent only $42,000 this winter keeping the roads clear, resulting in a savings of approximately $120,000 over last year.

In other action Thursday night:

West Fifth Street on the city's west side may get a facelift. Council heard the first reading of a resolution to authorize the mayor to apply for grant money for a gateway project that would be a beautification and landscape effort from U.S 33 to Raymond Road. Current concrete abutments are crumbling in the median. The project could start as early as 2013 and be done by 2014. The cost is estimated at $250,000 but the grants the city wants to use for the project would require Marysville to only pay 20 percent of the total. Council Vice President Tracy Richardson and Council President Nevin Taylor said they will have to start looking at the 2013 budget to plan for the project.

Connolly Construction and the city planning commission agreed on a planned unit development (PUD) plan to rezone a little more than four acres at the northeast corner of Collins Avenue and state Route 4 for a single story, multifamily housing facility that planning commission member Martin Pratt callled "a nice gateway into Green Pastures."

Cathy Dwertman resigned from the Parks and Recreation Committee which leaves the council looking for a new representative from Ward 3. Those interested should contact council member Deborah Groat, who represents Ward 3.

Gore reported Marysville received approximately $60,000 in grant money from the 2012 Community Development Block Grant Pavement Program from the Ohio Department of Development. Paving will start once asphalt plants are reopened, which should be mid-May. Streets to be repaved are Millington Way, Hickory Drive (Edgewood to Kenny), Woodline Drive, Restoration Drive, Prairie Drive, Longwood Place, Advent Court, Walnut Street (Fifth to Seventh Streets), Plum Street (Sixth to Seventh Streets), and part of Jim Simmons Trail. The paving should be completed by August.

City Administrator Terry Emery reported that a management change has affected plans for a Turkey Hill gas station. He said the company is actually revamping plans for the building. He assured the council the modifications are better than the original plan.

"It's good stuff," he said. "It's improvements to the building. It's not just this store, it's across the board for Turkey Hill due to management changes."