Mayor excited about city's future
Marysville Mayor John Gore is excited about the future of the city, especially the fact that the city's infrastructure is beginning to match the past growth of the community.
"We spent the last year and a half catching up on some things we weren't able to deal with for a number of years," said Gore.
That includes opening a new fire station and beginning construction on a new police and court facility at the corner of Raymond Road and West Fifth Street as well as a Municipal Services Complex (MCS) in Uptown Marysville.
But the city won't stop there.
"Once the MSC is completed, probably one thing left to do is a new water plant somewhere in the future," said Gore. City administrators have discussed the plant as a project for 2014 but the mayor is not sure how quickly it will happen.
"I personally don't think we're ready to make the commitment for 2014. Having said that, we're constantly in economic development looking for new customers. If we find the right customers for usage then we will proceed," said Gore.
The city is also implementing a new water meter reading system according to City Administrator Terry Emery. Getting the system in place is a six- to eight-month process so he hopes to have it in place by the fall of 2013.
"We're going to be able to read meters from our billing office. People won't be seeing meter readers going door-to-door anymore. We're going to be able to efficiently do that from our billing office," said Emery. "Which I think will go a long way to make us more efficient but at the same time is (something to) catch leaks in homes in quicker."
"We'll be able to reduce the amount of leaks, which will help the customer who is frustrated they're paying for something they didn't get," said Gore.
"It's exciting. It's a good technology. It's all about being more efficient," said Emery.
The city has started repairs to basketball courts at the Aldersgate Park with the removal of the four basketball poles, backboards and rims. City crews poured new and more stable concrete bases.
The entire basketball court area will be repaved in the spring and-or summer in conjunction with the annual Street Paving/Resurfacing Program.
The city plans to advertise and bid out the annual Paving Program beginning in January and with opening bids in mid-February. This work will take place in late spring and early summer with a completion date in early August 2013.
Oakdale Cemetery is also being expanded.
"Those plans are now complete so there is a need to meet with the Cemetery Advisory Board to get their input and final thoughts with the design and layout," said Gore.
Once final approval is obtained, the city can begin Phase 1 of the expansion by installing the underground water and storm sewer lines and constructing the roadway base using city crews.
"The surveying for laying out the expansion and final asphalt paving will be completed by outside contractors with Phase 1 being complete and ready to sell lots by spring of 2014," said Gore.
Overall Gore credits a strong working relationship with council in getting things done.
"I think we've been able to plan for the future. I think we've been very fiscally responsible," said Gore.
For 2013 Gore says the city will continue to do what it is doing.
"I still want to pay down more debt. I still want to make sure we hit our reserve. Our goal is $5 million in reserve. I'd like to get utilities more in line. The more customers we can get then we can take a look at water rate reduction and sewer reduction," said Gore.
"I think we're a business; we need to be run as a business and we need to realize who we work for and it's the people of this city," said Gore.