City Commission Recap Dec. 2

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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:

Building Inspection

Permits are down by 26% this year compared to last. In 2018 by this time, there were 704 versus the 524 now.

Current projects in progress are Viega Racking System Building, Best Western Plus and Johns Manville. The Scooters Coffee and Disability Supports projects are complete.

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Fire Department

The Fire Department’s record management system is not currently interfacing with the McPherson County Dispatch CAD system. This requires all calls for service and dispatch information to be recorded by fire personnel into the Records Management System database.

“We have found numerous human errors due to manually entering the data,” McPherson Fire Department Chief TJ Wyssmann said. “The call for service sheet is the incident documentation that is entered into our records management system for legal documentation of the incidents. Correcting the interface between the CAD and RMS will alleviate future errors and mistakes on the data.”

Commissioners approved the purchase of the Caliber Public Safety CAD system which McPherson County Dispatch currently utilizes. The cost will be a one-time setup fee of $4,620 as well as a $600 annual maintenance fee.

Public Works

With the recent installation of the school crosswalk at South Main and Avenue B on the Safe Routes to School Project, the south school crossing beacon needs to be moved south one block. As replacement parts are no longer available new electrical service on the south end will be necessary as well. Commissioners approved the purchase of two AC School Beacon Assemblies from Gades Sales and installation by Hedlund Electric, for a total of $5,240.

Vogts Crushing has crushed 1,884 tons of concrete rubble and 1,524 tons of. An adjustment was also made for material taken out of the City pile by Vogts’ subcontractor and an addition of 109 tons of material provided by the City for the Grimes/Anna Street project.  Total city cost is $31,429.50.

“With all the construction we have currently in progress, we will probably allow Vogts to crush and retain the remainder of the rubble on the Grimes/Anna and Hartup/Elizabeth projects,” Public Works Director Jeff Woodward said. “This quantity of material will suffice for our needs.”

A streetlight was damaged on Darlow Drive on Oct. 15 from a traffic accident.  As a result of the accident, the streetlight pole had to be replaced.  The cost paid to McPherson board of Public Utilities was $2,138.01.  The owner of the vehicle will be billed the amount.

Once per year, the Wastewater Treatment Plant is required by federal law to perform the Whole Effluent Toxicity Test on the treated wastewater discharge. $1,959.00 will be paid to Pace Analytical out of Lenexa, for the testing.

Earles Engineering has been hired to design a hoist system in the head works at the WWTP to enable them to lift the replacement helisieve spiral shaft for a cost of $2,200.

On Nov. 21, bids for the Chestnut Street Reconstruction project were opened. Five qualified bids were received. The lowest bid was from Conspec, Inc. Kansas Paving out of Wichita, was in the amount of $558,324.50.

The Eagles Wings Unit Two (Phase I) project is complete and final. The inspection services totaled $41,907.32, which was $10,851.44 under the original estimate.

The Eagles Wings Unit Two (Phase II) project is complete and final.  The inspection services totaled $32,562.57, which was also $75,254.73 under the original estimate.

The SSD-11A Grand-Hartup Sanitary Sewer project is complete and final.  The inspection services totaled $28,567.12, which was $25.22 under the original estimate

The General Construction Services contracts for sewer work with Stevens Contractors and Ace Heating & Plumbing were renewed for 2020.  These contracts establish labor rates for routine and emergency repairs.  The effective date will be Jan. 1, 2020.

Concrete pavement on North Hartup Street (Kansas Avenue to Marlin Street) was opened last week on 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. 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 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 along Anna Street. Anna Street is closed from North High Drive to Grimes Street.  Grimes Street is closed from 1st Street to Loomis Street.

Work continued on the box at North High Drive and Hulse, on the second half of the Myers box, and on the retaining wall between Grimes Street and Main Street on the Hulse Area Drainage Project. Curb and gutter were completed near the Tractor Supply/Dillon’s entrance and the first two lifts of asphalt were placed. Myers Street is reduced to one lane.  The driveway remains closed between the Dillon’s 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,” Woodward said.

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 Arby’s. BPU has sanitized the new water main and hooked up individual services on that line.  The storm water work is scheduled to start today. The intersection of Plaza East Drive (formally a private drive) and Champlin Street is closed.

Administrative Report

The official 2019 General Elections canvass results were given with McPherson Commissioner of Public Facilities going to Gary Mehl with 1,722 official votes and McPherson Commissioner of Public Works going to Larry E. Wiens with 1,136 official votes.

McPherson Commissioner of Public Facilities Bob Moore will be honored with a retirement reception from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 16, at the McPherson Municipal Center, 400 East Kansas Ave.

Commissioners approved a motion to approve the 2019 budgeted transfer of $25,000 from the General Fund to the Municipal Golf Course Fund for cash flow purposes.

The commission also renewed the city of McPherson’s Healthy Connection Wellness Portal provided through Hutchinson Clinic for an annual cost is $4,500.

On Nov. 26, the city of McPherson opened bids for rehabilitation of the extra set of houses slated to be rehabilitated as part of the 2018 CDBG Housing Grant.  The addresses for the extra set of rehabilitations are as follows:  915 and 917 N. Barber (duplex).

Three Contractors submitted bids:  New Windows for America, Arambula Construction, and S & A Construction. As a result of the bids, we are recommending Arambula Construction be selected for the rehabilitation of 915 – 917 N. Barber Street for $38,668 (combined total of both units in the duplex). This project needs to be completed by Jan. 3, 2020.  The contractor has agreed to work diligently to meet that schedule.  The property owner is responsible for 25% of all the rehabilitation costs. There is the possibility that some additions could be added to the work being performed.  If extended, the additions will be brought at a later date.

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