City Commission Recap Nov. 12


By Managing Editor Teri L. Hansen

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

Community Building

Commissioners approved a motion to waive the fees associated with using the Community Building for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Community Dinners scheduled for Nov. 28 and Dec. 25.

They also approved the purchase of an International Cleaning Equipment RS26 Rider Scrubber from Southwest Plus of Wichita for $15,618.75. With completion of the Community Building, the city will now be responsible for the floor maintenance in the multi-purpose room and gymnasium, the ICE Rider Scrubber will aide in the maintenance of the floor.

Fire Department

The commission approved a motion to purchase new extrication tools from Equipment Management Company for $65,525.75 and Weis Fire & Safety Equipment Company, Inc. for $4,046.56. The department has two sets of rescue tools and each are not capable of cutting forces required for newer vehicles. The tools are 31 years old and due for a much needed upgrade as they are used on technical rescues, industrial accidents and forcible entries

Police Department

Commissioners approved a motion to purchase two HP ProBook 650 G5 15.6″ notebook laptops with two HP UltraSlim docking stations for the operations captain and patrol captain from Reach Solutions Inc. for $2,916 and six HP desktop ProDesk 400 G6 computers with Windows 10 from Reach Solutions Inc. to update older computers at the police department for $739 each for a total of $4,434. In addition the department will be purchasing server space on the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office Virtual Server for a one time cost of $13,000 for a period of six to seven years.

The commission approved the purchase of two new Watchguard 4RE in-car video systems, two body mics, and a 48 TB Server for wireless download, to include set up charges, training, and fees from WatchGuard Solutions for $25,107. These will go into the new Ford Explorers purchased by the department.

The following promotions and reassignments were approved and will be effective Nov. 18:

Officer Anthony Jones Jr. promoted to patrol sergeant

Detective Ayeshah Munden promoted to detective sergeant

Officer Patrick Carr promoted to detective

Officer Jessica Dirks promoted to detective

Detective Shannon Quinn to patrol officer/FTO

Patrol Sergeant Trea Lott to detective

Patrol Sergeant Matt van der Hoeven to detective

Traffic Sergeant Ryan Olbricht to patrol sergeant

Administrative Lieutenant Ryan Bauer to operations lieutenant

Public Works

Public works will pay Foley Tractor for the 250 hours of service for a Cat loader for $1,075.58.

The amount for the replacement of the ADA ramps, curb and gutter, and pavement patch at the intersection of Cedars Drive/Darlow Drive has increased to $2,498.37 for materials only.

An accident occurred on Dec. 20, 2018 damaging one of the overhead door frames and track. The cost to repair the damage included $1,287.30 to Kleinsorge Construction and $664.75 to Overhead Door.

A total of $9,000 will be paid to Crafco-PMSI of Wichita, for crack sealant and machine rental to seal pavement cracks.

The Street Department currently has inventory items that are no longer useful. They will be put up for sale on Purple Wave and any items that do not receive a bid will be disposed of. Here is a list of the items:

3-point post hole digger (This may be the Park Departments)

4-Skid Steer tires 12 x 16.5 NHS

2-Backhoe tires 16.9 x 24

1-Tractor tire 19.5 x 25

2 tires LT 235/85 R 16, 31 x 10.5 R 16.5 LT

Tire G114

Air compressor chisels

Electric auger


1989 Bartel 10″ surface planer 5 HP Mdi SP8

6-Traffic signal boxes 18″ deep x 44″ wide x 55″ tall

Traffic signal housings

4-50 gallon saddle tanks

TS 800 Stihl concrete saw (broken piston)

Hilti TE 7-c hammer drill (inoperable)

1997 Bobcat angle broom

13- 13″ x 22′ mast arm poles

Traffic control box 44″ wide x 55″ tall x 18″ deep

9-Ped lights housing

5-5′ traffic camera poles

4- Traffic light head

1250# Engine stand

42″ x 10′ Henderson snow plow

Public Works has instituted a new boot policy, that will allow all field help one pair of boots per year, require boots be worn and encourage employees to use reinforced toe boots.

The curb and gutter was placed on Hartup Street (Kansas Avenue to Marlin Street) last week on the Hartup-Elizabeth Street Reconstruction and the Hartup-Grand Community Sewer Project.  As weather permits, placing of the pavement in that area will continue. The contractor is holding off on any further removals at this time, due to the weather. Hartup Street (Avenue A to Hancock Street) is closed to through traffic with local access from both Avenue A and Hancock Street, local traffic can also access Hartup Street from Sietz Street.  Through traffic on Hartup Street is detoured onto Park Street.  The south side of the Hancock/Grand intersection is closed to complete pavement patching. Hartup Street is closed from Kansas Avenue north to Marlin Street.

The contractor worked on the storm sewer along Grimes Street between 1st Street and Loomis Street on the Grimes/Anna Street Reconstruction Project. Some concrete pavement and curb and gutter will hopefully be placed this week.  The contractor had some delays due to mechanical failures. Anna Street is closed from North High Drive to Grimes Street.  Grimes Street is closed from 1st Street to Loomis Street.  The east leg of the Loomis/Grimes intersection is closed.

The walls and top slab of the box culvert at Hulse Street/North High Drive were placed last week on the Hulse Area Drainage Project. 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 still to open it up before the end of the construction season.

Various utility issues have complicated the Plaza East Place Street Construction.  The temporary access is marked, and the first 80 feet is open for access into Arby’s. The intersection of Plaza East Drive (formally a private drive) and Champlin Street is scheduled to be closed the middle of this week.

Administrative Report

This Emergency Solutions Grant Reimbursement Request No. 3 in the amount of $7,558.63 brings the 2019 ESG Grant running total to $18,006.52 which equates to 19% 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.

With all the changes that occurred at the Community Building, the building needs to be retrofitted with a new termite elimination system.  Many of the former bate traps were removed when flatwork was completed around the building.  The cost of the system is $1,640 up front.  The treatment comes with a one-year warranty and the warranty would be extended annually at a cost of $160 annually.

Upon filing Ordinance No. 3322, authorizing the North Champlin Street CID (adopted on Sept. 23, 2019), with the McPherson County Register of Deeds, a typographical error was discovered in the legal description for Tract No. 2.  The incorrect legal description was used throughout the process.  City Attorney Jeff Houston has indicated the first step in correcting the legal description is a corrective ordinance.  Ordinance No. 3330 corrects the typographical error in the legal description and allows the CID development to continue moving forward.

Commissioners approved an enhanced cereal malt beverage license for Shrijee of Kansas LLC dba QP Express 103, 415 E. Kansas Ave., for sale in original and unopened containers and not for consumption on the premises.

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