Mt. Hope Sanctuary has served as a refuge for homeless women and their children in the area for many years.


Mt. Hope Sanctuary has served as a refuge for homeless women and their children in the area for many years.
With help from the City of McPherson, it will have financial assistance in extending its service into the future.
At its Monday meeting the McPherson City Commission decided to enter into an agreement by which the city will receive a $18,000 grant on behalf of Mt. Hope Sanctuary. Through the contract, the city will provide oversight for the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which awarded the grant. Mt. Hope Sanctuary will have almost unhindered access to the funds, with the city acting the role of middle-man.  
Grant Manager Briana Lance said the money will go toward basic services for its residents.
“(The grant) will pay for housing, utilities, food, counseling, case management — their basic necessities,” Lance said.
She expects it to help support residents greatly as they make their way through Mt. Hope’s programs, which typically take from one to one and a half years to complete.
The agreement stipulates Mt. Hope submit quarterly statements de
the funds and notify the city of any expenditures more than $1,000. Beyond that, however, the sanctuary is largely able to spend the funds as it sees fit.
In other news:
•A town hall meeting was announced to be at 7 p.m. Monday in the McPherson City Commission Room in the Municipal Center at 400 E. Kansas Ave. Scheduled items of discussion are the introduction of new Police Chief Rob McClarty; updated costs for the McPherson Mausoleum Repair Project; updates on licensing and permitting processes; updates on sales tax-supported sidewalk improvements, and; an update on Main Street’s transition into a three-lane road. The public is invited to attend and will have the opportunity to raise other questions as time allows.
• The McPherson Police Department received permission to purchase two 2012 Chevrolet Impalas from Wallace Chevrolet at a total cost of $37,486. The price included the trade-in value of two 2010 Impalas currently owned by the department. Wallace was chosen after the city accepted bids from the company and Midway Supercenter.
• Alan Longstaff received permission from the commission to have the 24th Annual McPherson County Toy Run Parade. The parade, which will begin about 1 p.m. Nov. 26, will follow its usual route leading north from Wal-Mart and end in front of the American Legion. Barricades will be provided to block off parking around the American Legion. Longstaff said the event raised $18,000 last year, supplying 640 McPherson County families with gifts for the holidays.
• A new HVAC unit will be installed in the municipal building to replace a broken 17-year-old unit. The commission agreed to purchase the new device, which may cost up to $5,492.52, in part because the existing unit would require $2,090.87 in repairs.
• Upon the request of the Department of Public Works, the commission agreed to contract with King Enterprises in the amount of $15,060 to complete additional services, such as management services and additional surveying as part of the CertainTeed/Oxford Pointe drainage improvement project.
• The commission agreed to retain Wilson & Company to perform additional hydrological studies of drainage basins around the Oxford Pointe area. The company will use modeling software to ensure improvements will meet city storm water system requirements at a cost not to exceed $12,000.
• The commission approved reimbursement to McPherson County for materials used in striping city streets. The work, which was completed a few weeks ago, resulted in a bill of $11,497.04.
• Nick Gregory announced the date of the commission’s annual fall retreat as Nov. 16 and 17. Topics for discussion have not yet been determined.