The McPherson City Commission approved a resolution to transfer $42,000 from the Cemetery Endowment Fund to the general fund for the mausoleum at the city cemetery on Monday. The transfer of funds will cover the remaining costs for the mausoleum’s maintenance.
The commission also approved a request by Randy Pauls, cemetery sexton, for the purchase of two dehumidifiers and Oklahoma River rock. Pauls said that the acquisition of these items will complete the renovation of the mausoleum.
The rock will keep water from standing and possibly soaking into the limestone exterior, said Pauls. The dehumidifiers will help to keep the humidity down and prevent water from forming inside the mausoleum.
The budget approved for the purchase of these items was $2,025.23.
Pauls said the renovation on the mausoleum will be finished around Jan. 6.
In other business:
• Commissioners approved a request by Tom Stinemetze, McPherson zoning administrator, for the purchase of a new Dell desktop computer for the inspection department. The new system will be an upgrade from a current computer which does not run necessary software for the department. The approved budget for the computer is $1,543.55.
• Commissioners approved an encroachment easement for the McPherson Hospital to retain the chain link fence located near the hospital’s helicopter landing pad. The fence was established as a safety measure to prevent stray animals or people from wandering into the whirling blades of a helicopter as it lands. Tom Stinemetze, zoning administrator, said that the easement was to move the area the fence was covering into city property, as the fence previously was on Fourth Street’s right of way.
• Commissioners approved a request by McPherson Public Works to purchase a tote of polymer for $3,565. Commissioners also approved payment of an invoice of $2,010.64 for an emergency repair to the Motor Control Center for the Sequencing Batch Reactor Blower building.
• Commissioners approved a request by McPherson Public Works for the renewal of a sewer services contract for 2013. The contract establishes labor rates for routine and emergency repairs.
• Commissioners approved payment of a number of inspection costs, including an inspection of sanitary sewer district No. 190 for $1,885.13, an inspection for street expansion at The Veranda for $5,848.37 and an inspection/engineering cost for the Barnstormers West Field Addition for $154.68. Commissioners also approved payment of engineering costs for a street expansion at the Barnstormers West Field Addition for $140.51.
• Commissioners approved a request by Tim Maier, general manager of BPU, to purchase real estate for the use of secure outdoor storage.
• Commissioners approved payment of operation and maintenance costs of the McPherson Law Enforcement Center totaling at $342,593