City Commission Recap Nov. 25

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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:

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Commissioners approved a $750 sports grant for McPherson High School’s Annual McPherson Volleyball Invitational that was held Oct. 12, at the Roundhouse.

Community Building

The commission approved Community Building and CVB staff to attend the two-day Bridal Show on Jan. 11 and 12, 2020, at Century II in Wichita to promote the McPherson Community Building as a wedding reception destination for a cost of $700.

Municipal Court

The annual invoice for the software license fees, and support agreement for the Municipal Court Accounting Software from gWorks cost $3,597.77.

Fire Department

Dylan Neubauer will join the paid call fire fighter ranks effective immediately.

Police Department

The McPherson Police Department publicly thanked local people and businesses for generous donations recently.

Chaplain Dick Reynolds was able to get a new combined heater/air conditioning unit for the McPherson Police Department Range which was donated by McPherson Quality Air. Johnson Electric Contracting donated the breaker box and labor.

In addition, Autoking Customs of McPherson installed new graphics on the DARE vehicle as a donation.

“We appreciate his support and great work with these graphics,” McPherson Police Department Chief Mikel Golden said.

Planning and Zoning

Donald Blunk, of 1397 Pioneer Road, has proposed a change of zoning district classification from the R-2, Two-Family Residential District to the I-1, Light Industrial District. The City Planning Commission heard this case, Nov. 5. Commissioners voted in favor of the change in zoning classification subject to the following conditions:

  1. Screening between the subject property and all residential districts adjacent to the subject property shall be required.
  2. The following uses are prohibited:
  • Agricultural feed and grain processing, storage and sales.
  • Automobile service stations and car washes.
  • Dry cleaning and laundry plants.
  • Food manufacture, distribution and storage.
  • Grain elevators.
  • Motor vehicle sales and service.
  • Oil field supplies and equipment, retail and wholesale, including storage yards.
  • Railroad passenger and freight stations.
  • Restaurants, including drive-in.

Public Works

Judah Neff, crew leader at the street department’s last day will be Nov. 29. The process has begun to hire a new crew leader.

“We will fill only one position and hire the most experienced individual available at the appropriate level,” McPherson Public Work Director Jeff Woodward said.

Commissioners approved the payment of $1,111.51 for repairs to the public works department’s Foley Tractor.

The Plaza East Construction Project is seeing some change. The property owners along the south side of Plaza East Place donated easement for temporary access, during construction, across the existing parking lots. Orscheln’s outdoor storage had to be reduced to allow room for the detour. The original agreement with the property owner and Orscheln’s was to permanently relocate the fence as part of the project. When the local Orscheln’s manager saw how much smaller the outdoor storage was reduced to, he requested the fence be moved back to the edge of the easement after phase II of the Construction. The property owner, Cedar Hills Realty, agreed to bear the cost of the temporary fence while the city will install it. Commissioners approved to pay the cost to complete the work at $2,750.

In addition, multiple change orders were added to the project. The first item on the change order adds a 30-inch RCP end section, which was left off of the contract for $900. The striping detour, has confused people and they were parking in the detour lanes.  The parking lines within the lanes were going to need to be covered up. The cost to paint over and then restore parking lot lines after the detour is used, is $400.

The Hartup/Grand Sewer Project is complete except for the pavement patching needed at the Hartup/Hancock intersection.  This area has been temporarily filled with millings.

“We would like to close out the Hartup/Grand Sewer Project and patch this intersection with the Hartup/Elizabeth Street Project,” Woodward said.

The total cost of the repair for $9,550.64 was approved.

The concrete pavement on North Hartup Street (Kansas Avenue to Marlin Street) was sealed last week on the Hartup-Elizabeth Street Reconstruction and the Hartup-Grand Community Sewer Project. The sidewalk work in that block was finished as well. This section should be opened up to through-traffic by mid-week. The contractor is holding off on any further removals at this time, due to the weather. They want to make sure they can cover all the removals they have in the city before the weather turns too cold. 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, but should be opened up again by mid-week.

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.  Work continued on forming driveways and curb and gutter tie-ins. 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 was opened back up and will have to be closed down again in a couple weeks.

Work continued on the box at North High Drive and Hulse on the Hulse Area Drainage Project.  Traffic was switched on Myers Street.  The second half of the Myers box was removed and the seal course was placed.  Work continued on the retaining wall between Grimes Street and Main Street.  Curb and gutter was started near the Tractor Supply/Dillon’s entrance. 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 another month.  We believe we can have the intersection open before the winter shutdown, weather permitting.

All the utilities have been relocated at the intersection of Champlin and Plaza East Place on the Plaza East Place Street Construction Project.  The temporary access is marked, and the first 80 feet are open for access into Arbys. McPherson Board of Public Utilities is sanitizing the new water main and hooking up individual services on that line.  The light poles in the parking lot that conflict with the new street were removed. The intersection of Plaza East Drive (formally a private drive) and Champlin Street is closed.

Administrative

Commissioners approved the payment of the annual invoice for the maintenance and support for BoardDocs for 2020 for $7,000.

The commission also approved the payment of expenses to send City Administrator Nick Gregory and Assistant City Administrator Bo Moddelmog to the Kansas Association of City/County Managers Annual Meeting in Garden City, Dec. 4 through Dec 6. The cost for the trip will be $840.

Rehabilitation work was completed at 417 E. Anna St. last week as part of the 2018 Community Development Block Grant. Commissioners approved the payment of $14,970. To date, with this request, $165,904.25 has been expended of the total $300,000.00 in grant funds.  Three homes being rehabilitated are under contract but not yet completed, and a final duplex is set to bid this week. After the duplex is bid and work completed, the grant will be completed.

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