During its meeting Monday, the McPherson City Commission continued its effort to remove abandoned and unsafe structures from the city. Commissioners took action on six different properties including two inoperable vehicles and three unsafe structures, in an effort to have the properties removed or repaired.
The commission approved a resolution declaring the home and detached garage at 1216 N. Maple an abandoned and unsafe or dangerous structure. The resolution requires property owners Daniel and Michelle Borger, now residing in Shawnee, to secure and clean up the property within two days and to have all structures removed from the lot by May 15.
Records show that the property has been vacant since 2005 and property taxes have not been paid since 2001.
The commission also approved city attorney Jeff Houston to draft a resolution declaring the property at 215 E. First St. an abandoned structure.
The property, owned by Ben and Kathryn Cross, has been vacant since 2003.
City building inspector John Puchosic said the home did not meet the requirements for an unsafe structure because the home was structurally sound but could be declared an abandoned home because no one has or currently resides in the property. The resolution will be submitted for approval by the commission at the next city meeting.
In other meeting news:
•Commissioners declared two inoperable vehicles public nuisances. City code officer Vince Rocco presented information and photos of two vehicles that had expired tags and were not operable. The first vehicle is located at 114 N. Cherry and is owned by Christopher and Katie Witter. The second vehicle is located at 515 S. Oak and is owned by Suzanna Hayes. Rocco said he contacted both owners.
•Commissioners approved Houston to prepare a resolution declaring the structure at 319 S. Oak St. an unsafe structure. The property is owned by Michael and Taryn Clement. Rocco reported that 60 percent to 70 percent of the roof is gone and the support structure is deteriorating. In the past, Rocco said the city has had to hire a contractor to clean up the structure and that a police officer was called for stand by while the contractor was on the property. The resolution will be up for approval at the next commission meeting. 
•Commissioners also approved setting a show-cause hearing for the property located at 116 N. Charles, owned by John Taylor. Puchosic said Taylor has worked on the property but city administrator Gary Meagher said back taxes are still owed on the property and a show-cause hearing would give Taylor an opportunity to outline a time frame for completing work on the home.
The hearing for the property was set for 9 a.m. May 4.
•Commissioners approved a request from John Blair of the McPherson Recreation Commission to use two tennis courts at the city’s Challenger Park for the MRC’s summer tennis camp. The camp will be held June 29-July 3.
•Board of Public Utilities general manager Rick Anderson reported water well No. 9, which test results showed had elevated levels of fluoride. Anderson said BPU had a sample of the water tested by an independent lab, and results showed that the well’s fluoride levels were within normal levels. Anderson said BPU will continue to send samples to the state to allow the state to continue testing the water to ensure the high-flouride results were only a clerical error. He also noted that the utility’s cold weather rule would be ending April 1 and advised customers with unpaid balances contact the BPU office. 
•The commission approved the public works department to  pay Ace Plumbing $1,800 work work done over the weekend on a backed up sewer line.
•Commissioners approved a request from Tom Zogleman of Lehigh to use a horse and carriage for carriage rides in the city during the Central Christian High School prom that will be held April 24 at the McPherson Opera House.