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Wrecking ball will demolish City Hall for park

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The old Marysville City Hall will be demolished starting Monday, Jan. 13, creating traffic restrictions while clearing the way for the new Partners Park.

Mayor John Gore told council at its Thursday, Jan. 9, meeting that Sixth Street traffic will be one way only heading west, and Plum Street traffic will be one way going north. The lane restrictions around the building, 125 E. Sixth St., will begin Tuesday, Jan. 14, and will continue throughout the demolition.

"Demo is expected to be done in four to five weeks with everything cleared out so you'll see the construction of the park start in February," Gore said.

City officials presented the $1.16 million Marysville Partners Park project to the Design Review Board on Jan. 8. Gore said the plans were well-received.

The new park will include a pavilion, gazebo, splash pad, garden and kiosk.

Elford Inc. is the general contractor for the project. The company served as the contractor for the new City Hall and fire station, 209 S. Main St. Construction began in October 2012 on that $5.7 million, 29,311-square-foot facility.

Elford will obtain subcontractor bids Jan. 24.

"We've asked them to please take a look at local companies," Gore said.

Partners Park will be funded through a variety of donors. Local business partners have pledged $725,000, including $525,000 from Memorial Hospital of Union County, which will finance the money over 15 years through a city-held bond. Honda Marysville and Union Rural Electric each will give $100,000.

With other potential partners in the pipeline, officials estimate the city's share of the project will be about $400,000. The money would come from the general fund.

In other council business, members got organized for 2014. Nevin Taylor was elected to his third full term as council president. J.R. Rausch was elected vice president for the second year in a row.

City Council meets twice a month at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 209 S. Main St. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month except in November and December, when council will meet Nov. 6 and 20 and Dec. 4 and 18.

Gore will deliver his State of the City address during the Jan. 23 council meeting.

Council committee assignments for 2014 include:

* Finance committee: Henk Berbee, Mark Reams and Rausch.

* Public safety committee: Reams, Dan Fogt and Tracy Richardson.

* Public service committee: Fogt, Richardson and Deborah Groat.

* Public affairs committee: Berbee, Groat and Taylor.

* Rausch will continue to serve as council representative on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

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