Abernathy Construction of Inman received permission from the McPherson County Commission to begin work around the McPherson County Courthouse on Tuesday.


Abernathy Construction of Inman received permission from the McPherson County Commission to begin work around the McPherson County Courthouse on Tuesday.
The decision is the latest step toward completing renovations to the exterior of the building. Abernathy will be responsible for the construction of new sidewalks around the courthouse and across the surrounding grounds.
Commissioners discussed concerns over increased costs of the project. County Administrator Rick Witte noted the construction of a wall around garbage dumpsters had not been calculated in the original bid.
Bob Abernathy, owner of Abernathy Construction, said he neglected to include the price of such an enclosure in his quote but he could likely handle the job for less than $2,000. As the total cost of the project would still be significantly less expensive with Abernathy than with any other companies that submitted bids, the commission voted to sign the agreement. Further consideration of the dumpster enclosure may be voted on as a change order to the larger contract at a later date.
In other news:
• The commission reviewed and signed a quarterly progress report pertaining to its participation in home rehabilitation programs. To date, $262,500 in HOME Housing Rehabilitation grant funds have gone toward improvements to 10 housing projects throughout the county this year. Those funds were been matched by $39,800 contributed by McPherson County. Including money utilized through similar programs, such as federal home weatherization initiatives, $341,593,42 had been dispersed. All 2011 HOME grant funds have been expended.
• Daryl Ingemanson, a former McPherson jailer and U.S. deputy marshal, was appointed to an open seat on the 9th Judicial Nominating Committee.