City Commission Recap Dec. 9


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 Information Coordinator Anne Kirchner has tendered her resignation effective Dec. 31.

Municipal Court

Commissioners approved payment to Atelier Design & Print for case jackets used at Municipal Court for an amount not to exceed $1,015.57.

Police Department

Joe Hoffman has been hired on for the position of Motor Vehicle or VIN inspector, pending successful pre-employment requirements, effective Dec. 16. Hoffman is a retired 40-year veteran of the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office. He will be replacing Michael Androes who is resigning effective Dec. 23.
Animal Control Officer Tim Hoesli, tendered his resignation effective Dec. 15. The department will begin the process of finding his replacement.
Public Lands & Facilities
Commissioners approved a motion to using Storm Water Utility Funds to pay labor and wages for creek cleaning at Turkey Creek Golf Course for $2,000.

On April 16, city of McPherson staff and Travelers Risk Control representatives toured Wall Park and Lakeside Park looking at equipment and infrastructure from a liability standpoint. To improve the current safety program and help reduce our potential losses, the Farmers Alliance Centennial Playground at Wall Park will be closed and removed. This piece was donated by Farmers Alliance and installed back in 1988 and the equipment contains a number of deficiencies including head/torso entrapment hazards within the equipment. Replacing this play structure with a new piece of equipment that meets current playground safety standards would be a sound risk management decision. Crews are scheduled to take apart the playground at Wall Park immediately, with the hope to fully rebuild it by the end of 2020.  The playground has deteriorated past its useful life.  A new playground is estimated to cost upwards of $125,000.  Currently, there are no funds to replace the playground, though they are looking to the public for fundraising help.

Other recommendations include the removal of the exposed rebar pieces found in the rock wall along the outer edge of Mingenback Lake. The rebar represents an impalement hazard and should be removed. The multi-axis tire swing in place does not have the needed minimum clearance between the tire swing and the uprights for the supporting structure. The swing bay should be reconfigured to allow for the adequate clearance or the tire swing should be removed from service.
Public Works

“We have made the suggested changes to the newly adopted boot policy.  The revisions require an employee who separates employment to reimburse a proportional cost of the boots, or return boots to the city,” Director of Public Works Jeff Woodward said. “This policy has been reviewed and approved by the city attorney.  The section that deals with uniforms has been completely removed and will be addressed in a separate policy, as requested by the city attorney.”

Hoesli ahs been hired on for the position of Operator in Training at the Street Department, effective Dec. 16.

“Mr. Hoesli comes to us from animal control.” Woodward said. “We are excited about this selection and feel he will be a good fit for the Street Department.  As a city employee, he has passed the drug screen and background check.”

Commissioners approved the payment of $1,435 to Fluid Equipment, Wichita, KS, for a 10 hp 460v three phase motor. One of the three reuse pumps went out at the Waste Water Treatment Facility.  The reuse pumps supply water throughout the plant.  Reuse water is used for several pieces of process equipment, as well as irrigation.

Piping Technologies has been hired for locating services as required by the Kansas Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. It is time to renew the service contract to perform sanitary and storm sewer locates for the City of McPherson to meet the requirements of the Kansas Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act.  Two quotes for the year 2020 were received:
Piping Technology Company for $14 per call – First Hour 35.00 – Additional hours at $30.

USCI for $13 per call – $15.00 per 1/4 hour which equals $60.

Last year there were 2,339 locates, several hourly charges, many complaints and things not marked.

“At the higher prices, assuming hours remain the same, average cost would equal $14.04 per locate,” Woodward explained. “We can’t definitively say there would be no hourly charges, however, in the years we used Piping Technologies they did not charge any hourly charges.”

Commissioners approved a change order with Alfred Benesch & Company for design services on the Safe Routes to School Phase II Project for a contract reduction of $11,206.14. The design is complete and final and services totaled $129,369.82, which was under the original estimate. They also approved a change order with Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC for the Plaza East Place Construction Project to remove three parking lot light poles and reconnect all wiring for other lights and Orscheln’s lighted sign on U.S. Highway 56 for $7,200.  Three parking lot light poles are on the new city right of way and were not shown on the plans to be removed.  These three light poles are in the way of the new construction and need to be removed.  The electrical for the parking lot lights also light the Orscheln’s sign on U.S. Highway 56.

Back in July, we received word that our CCLIP application to improve the intersection of Kansas Avenue and 81 Bypass was selected for funding.  The city will receive up to $1,000,000 to remove and replace deteriorated pavement, look for safety improvements for the intersection and determine if this intersection warrants a traffic signal.

“We have since determined that intersection does not warrant a signal.  This grant is a 90/10 split for the cost of design, construction and inspection of this project.  The city will pay 10%, plus any amount over $1.1 Million. Design is underway,” Woodward said.

No work was accomplished on the Hartup-Elizabeth Street Reconstruction Project last week.  The contractor is holding off on any further removals at this time due to the potential of upcoming seasonal 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 Seitz 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 on driveways and curb and gutter tie-ins along Anna Street was completed last week. Storm sewer was completed between 1st Street and Loomis.  Pavement placement on Anna Street is scheduled to start Dec. 9. Anna Street is closed from North High Drive to Grimes Street.  Grimes Street is closed from 1st Street to Loomis Street.

Grading and base construction was completed on the Hulse/North High Drive Intersection.  Curb and gutter and paving are scheduled for this 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 another two or three weeks

The installation of the storm water pipe from Kansas Avenue down Champlin Street and then east on Plaza East Place is now well under way on the Plaza East Place Street Construction Project.  Removals are scheduled to start Dec. 9. The intersection of Plaza East Drive (formally a private drive) and Champlin Street is closed.


Commissioner 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.

The Emergency Solutions 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. A payment has been made to the McPherson Housing Coalition for an ESG Grant Reimbursement Request for $12,087.74 bringing the 2019 ESG Grant running total to $30,094.26 which equates to 32% of the awarded $94,055.
A $500 cash drawer for events to be held at the Community Building has been established.

The 2019 budget for the Municipal Golf Course and Bond and Interest funds will be published in an official notice of hearing.  The budget amendment for the Bond and Interest fund is to cover the pay off of the 2017 A temporary notes financed by the 2019 General Obligation Bonds Series 140.  For the Municipal Golf Course fund, the amendment increases budget authority from $553,150 to $564,090.

By adding additional houses for rehabilitation to the 2018 CDBG Housing Grant, there is a need to make several line item adjustments to the approved budget for the project. Adjustments must be done in the form of a Contract Amendment submitted to the Kansas Department of Commerce.  The attached budget request moves some of the funds around to provide for completion of the duplex at 915-917 N. Barber.

Commissioners approved a request for Jerron Francois and Ethan Wagoner to allow post-curfew parking, along the east side of North Lakeside Drive in front of their residence from 7 p.m. Dec. 14 to 2 a.m. Dec. 15. With this temporary night parking permission, all vehicles will be parked in a legal manner, facing north, on the East side of the street in front of our residence and will display valid license plates.

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