McPherson city commissioners gave first quarter updates on their departments during Monday’s commission meeting.Mayor Tom Brown said that the city is progressing on making its records available electronically, which, when finished should date to before 1965. Brown also said he sees a great deal of budget work ahead, as the county releases it’s numbers for the city’s assessed valuation later this year.
Streets and Utilities Commissioners Mike Alkire said that the city will soon start work on several sidewalk projects, along with a mill and overlay on Main Street between First Street and Dillons.
Finance Commissioner Bob Moore said the parks department chipped more than 200 Christmas trees last year, painted several buildings and worked on several flowerpots. Moore also said there have been several computer kiosks set up at the city cemetery, which helps visitors look up graves. Moore also said that the cemetery’s mausoleum has been repaired and crews are working on getting the cemetery ready for Memorial Day.
Alkire, along with the rest of the commission, praised city workers for being a team and helping other departments out when needed. Moore noted that departments are sharing equipment more than before, which helps cut costs.
The commission approved a proclamation naming Friday as Arbor Day in the city at the request of Tree Board Chairperson Barb Brookshire. A ceremony will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the BPU building.
In other business:
• A portion of Lakeside Drive, near the Lakeside Cabin, will be closed May 14 to accommodate an event for the Cushman Club.
• Commissioners approved $16,877 in startup expenses for the McPherson Waterpark
• Public Works will be working on drainage issues on the north side of Light Capital Stadium with the McPherson Recreation Commission. The work should cost $1,960.
• Commissioners voted to increase its purchase authority for golf cart batteries from $6,500 to $8,000.