Next November’s local election may seem an eternity away, but it’s already clear McPherson County’s 2nd District will have a new representative in 2013.


Next November’s local election may seem an eternity away, but it’s already clear McPherson County’s 2nd District will have a new representative in 2013.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the McPherson County Commission, Harris Terry, who is serving his fifth consecutive term on the board, announced he will not run for re-election in 2012.
In a prepared statement, Terry said he was making his decision public to inform other potential candidates of his intentions now rather than later.
He thanked the public for its support during his time on the commission.
“It has been a great privilege serving the people of McPherson County as a county commissioner and as sheriff,” Terry said.
In other news:
• During public input, Richard Patrick of Lindsborg sought advice from the commission in handling budget shortfalls at Lindsborg’s cemetery. Patrick said maintenance costs had pushed the cemetery’s expenditures $8,700 over budget, charges that the City of Lindsborg has refused to pay for. Commissioners recommended Patrick consider attempting to establish a special district to legally bind the city to partially fund the cemetery. They also offered the assistance of county legal counsel in helping to form such a district.
• Commissioners signed a contract between McPherson County and the Kansas Department of Transportation that will provide federal funds for a county construction project on 27th Avenue south of Roxbury. The agreement obligates federal funds for use in the project, with up to $50,000 in aid being provided to help replace signs and remove trees along the route between Shawnee and Rainbow roads. The project will cost $30,000 to $35,000, up to 90 percent of which will be reimbursed by the federal funds.