The Thursday, July 24, meeting of Marysville City Council included an interim appointment to the clerk of council post and updates on the annual Beautification Program and upcoming summer events.
Council President Nevin Taylor appointed public information officer Anna Krutowskis as the interim clerk of council after the death of Connie Patterson. Patterson died Sunday, July 20, after a battle with liver cancer.
Taylor said Patterson could not be replaced but the city will fill her position.
Krutowskis announced judging is underway on a citywide program that Patterson had always championed. Judging started July 21 and runs through Aug. 7 for the city's fifth annual Beautification Program. The awards program recognizes residents, businesses and volunteers who contribute to the beauty of Marysville by taking pride in their home, business or neighborhood gateway with landscaping or other exterior improvements.
The program started with the Public Affairs Committee five years ago and shifted to the Exterior Property Maintenance Committee. But Patterson has organized and driven the program every year. Taylor said there has been discussion about attaching Patterson's name to the program in the future.
Also Thursday, Mayor John Gore announced three upcoming events, the first of which is designed to help residents get to know their first responders better.
The "Explore a Truck" event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Mill Valley Central Park.
Public Service Director Mike Andrako brought the idea to the city's administration.
"This event allows us to display our fleet, let the kids kind of explore the trucks and get in them," Andrako said. "The kids love it. It's usually equipment they see at job sites and they're not allowed to get close to it. This gives them a chance to really get their hands on it and get excited about it."
The city will showcase a truck that takes cameras into the sewer.
"We're going to have a nice clean pipe for the kids to look in one end, and we'll put the camera in the other end and get a picture of them," he said. "We can print it out in the truck and that will be something nice for them to take home."
Andrako said the city will offer hot dogs and construction hats with the Marysville logo to participating children.
"It gives us a chance to interact with the public in a way we haven't before," he said.
The Municipal Pool will host a "dive-in" movie, Turbo, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Pool admission is free beginning at 7 p.m. The event is presented by Richwood Bank.
Finally, Gore said, the last Friday Nights Uptown event of the year will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8. The theme is "Founder's Day & Car Show," featuring music by the Sibling Rivalry Band.