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McKean, Cummins positions official at police department

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By Teri L. Hansen
The McPherson City Commission met Monday morning for regular session and here is what you need to know:

Police Department

McPherson Police Department Chief Mikel Golden presented Patrol Cpt. William Jason Cummins and Operations Cpt. Kevin McKean officially to the city. Their positions were pending the hiring process which has been completed.

Municipal Court

Commissioners approved the purchase of two computers for the McPherson Municipal Court from McPherson Business Solutions for $725 each. This was a budgeted item.

Fire Department

Paid call firefighter Alin Toews tendered his resignation effective today. Due to a family issue he will be moving to another city and won’t be able to fulfill the obligations. In addition, firefighter/EMT Ryan Aguilar also tendered his resignation effective Wednesday. Aguilar has taken a job with Spirit in Wichita.

They were both great assets to McPherson and will be missed, said McPherson Fire Department Chief TJ Wyssman.

The ranks won’t be empty for long. The commission approved the conditional job offer to Adam Kuluva for the position of paid call firefighter, effective today as well. Kuluva is currently working in Salina and lives in McPherson.

“We feel that Mr. Kuluva would be a valuable addition to our paid call ranks,” Wyssman said.

ONEOK Community Investments recently donated $4,550 for the purchase of a Rad-57 SpO2 and CO monitor from Masimo. This donation is a grant that will allow for the purchase of equipment to read the oxygen saturation and carbon monoxide levels of patients and firefighters.

“This was a much needed tool for patient care,” Wyssman said. “We would like to say thank you to our great community partner in ONEOK Community Investments.”

Commissioners approved payment to McPherson Quality Air for the replacement of the fire department hot water heater for $3,515. The fire department’s 75-gallon hot water heater developed a leak in the bottom of the tank and became inoperable.

On Oct. 8 the fifth Graders from the McPherson, St. Joseph’s and Elyria Elementary Schools attended the 2019 Sedgwick County Zoo 5th Grade Adventure. A total of 211 students and 37 adults attended from the area with a total of 4,280 in attendance for the entire event which is up from 2,774 in 2018. In addition to the students being able to view the regular attractions at the zoo, they were also introduced to many aspects of fire prevention and the fire service. Among the attractions were fire safety houses, tech,nical rescue demonstrations, HazMat demonstrations, vehicle extrication demonstrations, EMS ambulance interaction, Westar electricity safety demonstrations, fire extinguisher training, arson detection K9 demonstrations and law enforcement interaction.

Planning & Zoning

Commissioners approved a motion for the vacation of the west 10 feet of the east 20 feet of Lot 1, Block 4, Turnberry Addition to the City of McPherson.

Public Works

The sanitary sewer work on Grand Avenue was completed from Hancock Street north to mid-block of Grand Avenue. The remainder of the sanitary sewer should be completed early this week.

Hartup Street is removed from Kansas Avenue north to Marlin Street. The rock base and geo-grid installation has begun. In addition, Hartup Street, from Avenue A to Hancock Street, is closed to through-traffic with local access from both Avenue A and Hancock Street. Through traffic on Hartup is detoured onto Park Street. Local traffic is able to access Hartup Street at Seitz Street. Grand Avenue is closed to through-traffic from Hancock to Elizabeth. Hartup Street is closed from Kansas Avenue north to Marlin Street.

The intersection of Grand Avenue and Elizabeth Street will be closed today and for the majority of this week to complete the sanitary sewer work.

The contractor continued working on finish grading on Anna Street. The rock base is complete from North High Drive to Myers Street. Concrete work should start on the east end of Anna Street this week. Anna Street is closed from North High Drive to Grimes Street. Grimes Street is closed from First Street to Loomis Street.

The contractor worked on seeding and clean up items on the Safe Routes to School Project this past week. This project is very near completion.

Several sections of ditch channel were placed last week on the Hulse drainage project and work on the retaining wall continued between Main and Grimes Street. Myers Street is reduced to one lane. The driveway remains closed between the Dillons and Tractor Supply parking lots. The intersection of North High Drive and Hulse Street is closed and will remain closed for several weeks. The hope is to open it up before the end of the construction season.

Administrative Report

The commission approved the payment of McPherson Housing Coalition’s Request for Reimbursement for a total amount of $10,447.89. This brings the 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant Grant running total to $10,447.89 which equates to 11% of the awarded $94,055. The grant is funded by Kansas Department of Health and Environment and is administered by the City of McPherson for the benefit of McPherson Housing Coalition for their homeless prevention programs and activities.

The regular commission meeting for Nov. 11 is being moved to Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day. The meeting will still be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Municipal Building, 400 E. Kansas Ave.

Commissioners approved an investment at First Bank of Kansas of $500,000 in a 12-month CD at 1.84%, maturing Oct. 14, 2020.

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