With one final amendment added, the preliminary planned unit development plan for the Veranda subdivision was approved.


With one final amendment added, the preliminary planned unit development plan for the Veranda subdivision was approved.
The most recent version of the PUD extended a road in the northwest corner of the development to its property line. In the past, efforts had been made to shorten the road to meet fire code specifications.
City commissioners had been operating under the presumption the road would not be able to connect with existing roads due to a deed restriction on the property surrounding the subdivision. At Tuesday’s meeting, however, they said legal counsel had advised them the restriction would not be enforceable. Once connected to other city routes, the street will comply with fire regulations without needing shortening.
The vote allows developer Glenn Hoover to move forward with the project. After final copies of subdivision plans are provided, city officials can begin soliciting bids for construction on the project.
In other news:
• The city commission meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 2 was moved to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3 as city offices will be closed on Monday in observance of New Year’s Day.
• Board of Public Utilities General Manager Tim Maier received permission from the commission to purchase slightly more than a quarter-section of land in northwest Harvey County. In all the property will cost $660,000, with 10 percent due as a down payment, with the remainder due at closing, after the property’s water rights have been proven.
• Rates for junior members of Turkey Creek Golf Club were lowered from $225 to $125 for 2012. Commissioners also voted to specify a $3 weekend-play fee applies to junior members, and enrollment discounts are not applicable for such members as their rates are already discounted.
• Commissioners agreed to set off $7,741.70 in delinquent payments owed to BPU by its customers to  the State of Kansas. The delinquencies are from unpaid sewer and refuse bills accumulated in 2010.
• During his weekly report, City Administrator Nick Gregory said the city was accepting bids for its mausoleum repair project. Gregory said bids will be accepted from companies with experience working with similar projects through Jan. 12.
• Mayor Tom Brown provided an update of the city’s sales tax initiatives, saying almost 1.5 mills extra likely will have been collected in 2011 over 2010. Final amounts will not be known until numbers for the entire year are made available in February.
• Mark Moffitt, hired earlier this month as city treasurer/finance director, was officially appointed to the position. Moffitt also was authorized as a signature authority for the city, made an officer of McPherson’s municipal investment pool and appointed as a representative to the sixth comprehensive transportation district.