The McPherson City Commission unanimously rejected a proposal brought in November to build a new cell tower on a plot of land that lied dangerously close to runway eight of the McPherson Airport.

The McPherson City Commission unanimously rejected a proposal brought in November to build a new cell tower on a plot of land that lied dangerously close to runway eight of the McPherson Airport.

The rejection comes after safety concerns brought before the board by airport staff.

The original decision was delayed after its first hearing in order to discuss a more appropriate location for the cell tower. In that time, a second proposed site, which is west of what is referred to as Treatment Plant Road and south of the nearby railroad, lies just outside city limits.

Tom Stinemetze, McPherson planning and zoning administrator, said an ordinance will be brought before the city commission next Monday to add the land to the city limits. If approved, the second proposal will then need to move through the special-use process in order to bring the new plan before the board.

Trash fees

The commission unanimously approved a resolution to increase the monthly minimum fee of solid waste collection for the city of McPherson from $12.80 per month to $13.20 per month; an increase of 26 cents. The fee increase will go into effect Jan. 1.

The McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility will continue with a 3.5 percent fuel surcharge into the 2013 year.

In other business:

• Bret Reynolds, McPherson building inspector, presented a new format for building permits. The format is intended to further smooth the process both for the applicant and for the city.

• The board unanimously approved the fire department’s proposals for three hydrant replacements not to exceed $6,324.99, the purchase of a new firefighting hose not to exceed $3,670.77, the purchase of six new hazmat suits not to exceed $5,956.49 and funds for yearly testing of ladders not to exceed $1,063.80. The hazmat suits are a non-budgeted item.

• The board unanimously approved the police department’s request for payment of new ballistic vests to not exceed $1,464.50.

• The board unanimously approved a proposal for a legal notice and hearing regarding a structure at 520 S. Ash St. The proposal came after a local resident’s complaint and an inspection by Vince Rocco, code enforcement officer, and Bret Reynolds. The residence is reported to have not been lived in for at least a years, and taxes have not been paid since 2009. The trash found in the yard will require a separate hearing.