City commission recap Oct. 28


By Teri L. Hansen

Managing Editor

The McPherson City Commission met Monday morning for regular session and here is what you need to know:

Fire Department

The McPherson Fire Department accepted a donation of $1,820 from Treasure Chest Gun Shop to go towards the restoration of the 1928 American LaFrance Fire Truck Restoration.

Police Department

Detective Sgt. Stacy Snyder has been promoted to administrative lieutenant at the McPherson Police Department as of Nov. 4. The position was left vacant after W. Jason Cummins was promoted to patrol captain.

The commission approved the job descriptions for police patrol sergeant, police detective sergeant, and police detective. In addition, the five-day internal hiring process will begin Oct. 28 and end Nov. 1 for each of the positions.

The McPherson Police Department will be participating in a No-Shave November campaign. A donation to the Blue Santa Program will allow officers and staff to grow facial hair, which is not normally allowed by policy. The program uses collected funds to purchase and deliver gifts to those in need. The campaign will be for the month of November and half of December or until the gifts are delivered.

Planning and Zoning

Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 3326, to allow a special use for drinking at The Village Geek, 116 N. Main St.

Public Works

Commissioners approved the reconstruction of the YMCA entrance to make it ADA compliant for $8,100 and bill the YMCA for $7,100. In addition they approved the purchase of three round concrete bollards with three reveal lines from park warehouse for $1,254.52 delivered and bill the YMCA the same amount.

The commission approved the purchase of two main brooms, and two front brooms for the street sweeper from Truck Component Services, Strafford, Missouri, for $2,678.29. They also approved the purchase and installation of the new Aquionics ultra violet disinfection system from Environmental Process Equipment Company, Wichita, for $492,916.

Public works received a request from the property owner at 600 E. Elizabeth St. to provide a new service from the main to back of curb, for connection at a later date. The cost of this service was estimated at $1,475. The property owner has deposited this amount with the city.

Commissioners approved the submission of an application for the Kansas Department of Transportation TA Grant for the completion of the 10-foot sidewalk along Northview Road from Main Street west to Meadowlark Trail.Total Cost is estimated at $751,000, the city’s share is estimated at $240,600.

The sanitary sewer work on Grand Avenue is complete on the Hartup-Elizabeth Street reconstruction and Hartup-Grand Community Sewer Project. Final grading, geogrid and rock base is complete on Hartup Street from Kansas Avenue north to Marlin Street. 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. The south side of Hancock and Grand intersection is closed to complete payment patching. Hartup Street is closed from Kansas Avenue north to Marlin Street.

The contractor continued working on finish grading on Anna Street in the Grimes-Anna Street reconstruction project. The rock base is complete from North High Drive to just past Wheeler Street. Concrete work was pushed off last week, but 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 1st Street to Loomis Street.

The safe routes to school project was completed last week.

The retaining wall and channel lining is almost complete between Main and Grimes Street on the Hulse area drainage project. The pavement is placed over the first half of the box on Myers street. Traffic switch is scheduled for early this week. The base of the culvert at Hulse and North High Drive was graded last week and ready to place the seal course. 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.

The construction of Plaza East Drive was started this past week. We are working through various utility issues. The intersection of Plaza East Drive (formally a private drive) and Champlin Street is scheduled to be closed early next week.

Administrative Report

The McPherson Board of Public Utilities has requested that the City of McPherson make some changes to its code language involving permitting of private water wells. Currently, the code language for permitting only deals with the penalty associated with property owners who illegally place a private well on their property. The proposed regulations add language to penalize the third party drilling company that places a private well in McPherson. BPU regulates and monitors placement of private wells in an effort to protect the current water source for the citizens of McPherson. Ordinance No. 3327 makes changes to implement the penalty phase for third party drillers who place illegal private wells in the city limits.

The proposed solid waste trash rates for 2020 reflect a 3.5% increase by McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility to their base residential trash rates as well as a $.05 increase per month to the residential closed landfill fee. A letter from MASWU requesting the increase is included.

Commissioners approved the 2020 City of McPherson Holiday Schedule:

New Year’s Day – Jan. 1, 2020

All Schools Day – May 8, 2020

Memorial Day – May 25, 2020

Independence Day – July 4, 2020

Labor Day – Sept. 7, 2020

Veterans Day – Nov. 11, 2020

Thanksgiving Day and day after Thanksgiving – Nov. 26-27, 2020

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Dec. 24-25, 2020

Commissioners approved a payment to the Pitney Bowes Reserve Account for adding postage to the Municipal Center postage machine for $2,000.

The McPherson City Commission will hold a Fall Retreat on Nov. 20. The retreat is an opportunity to discuss various department planning issues and will last the majority of the day. A list of topics will be made available as the date approaches. The Retreat will be held in the General McPherson Suite at the McPherson Community Building located at 122 E. Marlin Street.

Service Awards

Service awards were celebrated today with the following people celebrating their years in service to the city:


Nick Gregory – 10 years

Bo Moddelmog – 5 years

Police Department

Amber Bowlby – 5 years

Scott Brunsell – 20 years

Fire Department

Dakota Becker – 5 years

Wade Hall – 20 years

Kelly Pauls – 20 years

Alden Slack – 5 years

Waste Water

Cameron Schrag – 5 years

Park Department

Wayne Burns – 5 years

Kim Nelson – 5 years

Lyle Starr – 5 years

Board of Public Utilities

5 years

Dalton Ecton

Eric VanCampen

Jess Snyder

Dylan Demel

Aaron Hart

Dylan Holle

10 years

Bryon Shaw

20 years

Terry Williams

Carla Bradshaw

25 years

Sean Simpson

30 years

Russ Holle

35 years

Brad Steenson

Mitch Bean

Tim Maier

40 years

Claudia Stiawalt

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