City Commission Recap Nov. 18

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By Managing Editor 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 Chief Mikel Golden recognized the following newly promoted and reassigned McPherson Police Department Officers:

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

Commissioners accepted the resignation of the City of McPherson VIN Inspector Michael Androes effective Dec. 23. They also approved the job description for the position and to begin the hiring process to backfill.

Public Lands and Facilities Department

The commission approved payment to Jim’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C, Inc. for Water Park winterization and repairs for $1,163.80.

Public Works Report

Commissioners approved a payment of $16,854.52 to the McPherson County Public Works for pavement markings of city streets.

They also approved the repair of the three-ton overhead hoist in the bio-solids building at the Wastewater Treatment Facility by Independent Electric, Wichita for $4,500.

Concrete pavement was completed on North Hartup Street from Kansas Avenue to Marlin Street in the Hartup-Elizabeth Street Reconstruction and the Hartup-Grand Community Sewer Project. The contractor is holding off on any further removals at this time, due to the weather.

Hartup Street from 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 continued to work on the storm sewer along Grimes Street between 1st Street and Loomis Street on the Grimes/Anna Street Reconstruction Project.  Curb and gutter was completed along Anna Street. Anna Street is closed from North High Drive to Grimes Street.  Grimes Street is closed from 1st Street to Loomis Street.  The west leg of the Loomis/Grimes intersection is closed.

No work was completed on the Hulse Area Drainage Project last week.

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.  We still hope to open it up before the end of the construction season.

The city is working through various utility issues on the Plaza East Place Street Construction Project.  The temporary access is marked, and the first 80 feet is open for access into Arbys. The utility issues should be resolved this week. The intersection of Plaza East Drive (formally a private drive) and Champlin Street is closed.

Administrative Report

Rehabilitation work was completed at 1100 N. Wheeler St. last. The total amount being requested on the CDBG Payment Request #9 is $12,775. To date, with this request, $150,934.25 has been expended of the total $300,000.00 in grant funds.  Four homes being rehabilitated are under contract but not yet completed, and a final duplex is set to bid in two weeks.   After the duplex is bid and work completed, the grant will be completed.

The commission approved the enhanced CMB License, with conditional hours of consumption for The Village Geek, 116 N. Main St., for consumption on the premises, with conditional allowed hours of consumption for Nov. 17 and 18.

The McPherson City Commission will hold a Fall Retreat at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 20 in the General McPherson Suite at the McPherson Community Building located at 122 E. Marlin St.  This is an opportunity to discuss various departmental planning issues. Topics up for discussion and a tentative time frame are as follows:

Finance, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Public Works, 10 to 11 a.m.

Public Lands and Facilities, 11 a.m. to noon

Fire Department, 1 to 2 p.m.

Police Department, 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Miscellaneous Discussion Items 2:30 p.m.

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