The McPherson City Commission took time during its meeting Monday to recognize employees who had reached benchmark years of employment with the city and the McPherson Board of Public Utilities.


The McPherson City Commission took time during its meeting Monday to recognize employees who had reached benchmark years of employment with the city and the McPherson Board of Public Utilities.
Several employees had accrued decades of service, with Lonny Hatch of the Street Department recognized for 35 years, the most of any town employee in the ceremony. Gene Johnson had the most among BPU attendees with 40 years.
Employees and guests enjoyed a reception following the presentation of awards and were joined by commissioners during a brief recess of their meeting.
In other news:
• Ann Engel, executive director of McPherson Main Street, received permission to use the city plaza during its annual Trick or Treat on Main Street event on from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Engel said several businesses located off of Main Street had expressed an interest in participating in the event but were unable to due to their business’ situation in the city. Such businesses will be allowed to set up booths and distribute candy in the plaza alongside Main Street stores.
• The McPherson Family YMCA and United Way received permission to host their annual walk/run at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. Participants will follow the same course as in years past, beginning and ending at the YMCA while circling Lakeside Park. Streets along the run’s route will be closed during the event, which is expected to last about 45 minutes.
• Anne Hassler, director of the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau, received approval for two grants. A marketing grant in the amount of $3,000 was approved for the promotion of activities planned for McPherson’s downtown area in December in conjunction with Main Street and the McPherson Chamber of Commerce. A second sports tournament grant was approved to provide the McPherson Youth Girls Basketball Tournament $500 in matched funds to use toward facility rental during its Dec. 17 event.
• BPU General Manager Tim Maier told the commission water sales increased significantly through the past nine months while electric consumption stayed relatively level. Maier also said BPU was in the process of considering three software companies interested in working on the utility’s customer management software project and said his board hopes to have a vendor under contract by the end of the year.
• The McPherson Industrial Development Company presented its quarterly report. Executive Director Marvin Peters told commissioners the state had approved McPherson’s Mohawk Road/I-135 interchange project and said the county’s unemployment numbers had jumped 0.05 percent to 5.4 percent.
• A list of items was approved by the commission for sale or destruction. Items on the list, which includes a 42-inch lawn ornament of Santa Claus, a self-contained breathing apparatus and a dictaphone, will either be auctioned or thrown away.
• Turkey Creek Golf Course was allowed to enter an agreement with Toro to renew its irrigation scheduling software. The agreement provides full technical and warranty support. It was decided Turkey Creek would be allowed to pay the $7,260 due to the company in monthly payments to allow it to manage the cost without city support. The monthly payment option will increase the total cost of the agreement by $800.