After months of planning, McPherson City Commissioners Monday approved to bids to move forward with the development of phase III of the Foxfire Addition.
Foxfire is a residential subdivision located on East Avenue A, just east of the McPherson Cemetery. Infrastructure on the first two phases has been complete and McPherson City Administrator Nick Gregory said he received the required 50-percent payment from the subdivision’s developers to move forward with infrastructure on the third phase.
Commissioners approved a bid for $122,353.25 from Ace Plumbing of McPherson for the sanitary sewer improvements and a $371,597.70 bid from Vogts Parga Construction of North Newton for the paving and storm sewer improvement.
All costs will be split between the developer, who will pay 50 percent, and the owners of the lots in the third phase, which will pay for the remaining costs through special assessment fees.
Mayor Tom Brown was authorized to sign all necessary contract documents related to the projects. The winning bidders for each project will also be notified by the city.
In other meeting news:
•Commissioners approved a request from United Way Director Brenda Sales to close several streets for the fifth annual United Way Triathlon, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 this year. The event includes a 200-meter swim, seven-mile bike ride and a 2.5-mile run. Sales said she has already received approval to use the McPherson Water Park for the swim portion of the event and will have volunteers along the course to monitor both traffic and competitors. The McPherson Police Department will provide assistance at major intersections such as First and Maxwell streets.
Sales said the triathlon has become very popular and brings in dozens of competitors and family members which stay in hotels and eat at local restaurants.
•The commission approved spending no more than $1,360 for movies for this summer’s Movies in the Park event. Five movies will be shown between May 14 and Sept. 23. McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Anne Hassler said she is purchasing movies from two different companies this year.
Hassler also reported that the grandson of basketball legend Dr. James Naismith has committed to attending the Basketball Traditions celebration that will be held this August. The Wise and Reber law firm has agreed to pay for travel and hotel accommodations for Stuart Naismith and his wife, who will be traveling from Massachusetts. The commission granted Hassler approved to book the travel and hotel arrangements for the Naismiths and to be reimbursed for the costs from the law firm. Hassler said he estimates the costs to be no more than $2,050.
•McPherson Board of Public Utilities General Manager Tim Maier reported that the utility would be implementing a premium moratorium for its employees during the month of June. BPU has a policy of implementing a freeze on premiums if the health insurance pool goes for seven months without a major claim. Maier said the fund has remained solvent for several months but that BPU would look into changing its reserve policy so the fund remains healthy.
•Due to past complications involved with accommodating the Bark in the Park event, the mayor announced that the McPherson County Humane Society would not be allowed to hold Bark in the Park at the McPherson Water Park this year. The mayor cited several complications, including issues with chemicals and draining, that make the event a huge hassle for the city and water park employees. The commission approved a $2,000 appropriation to the humane society to make up for lost revenues from the event.
•McPherson Public Works Director Doug Whitacre received approve to move forward with two pavement management projects. Whitacre received a big from Proseal for $45,778.92 for the reclimatie portion of the project. The second is a bid from $213,387.53 from APAC of Emporia for chip seal, which will be applied to Kansas Avenue and Oak Street.
Whitacre also reported that street crews would begin work on a portion of Hickory Street between Woodland and First Street that does not drain well. The commission approved $25,055.40 for a new storm drain pipe, which would move water to First Street, and street repair.
And the commission approved closing the contract with JT Jones Construction for the wastewater treatment plant expansion. The reuse water line fort he wastewater treatment plant has been accepted following repairs to the line during the past few months. Due to the fact that there had been problems with the line, JT Jones agreed to forfeit the final payment of the contract in the amount of $17,375. That brings the total amount of the contract to $11.11 million.
•Gregory received approval from commissioners to move forward with the replacement of a fire hydrant located at the corn of South Elm Street and Seitz Street. Because of the age of the hydrant Gregory said, it would be very tough to locate parts. Repairs to the hydrant Gregory said will not exceed the amount of $11,438.65.
He also received approval from commissioners to spend $3,000 to update the city’s code of ordinances. Gregory said it has been several years since the city updated its ordinances and that several new ordinances needed to be codified.
Following three study sessions, the commission began its annual spring retreat. More information about the retreat will be available in Thursday’s newspaper.