Bret Reynolds, city inspector, reported to the McPherson City Council on Monday a significant increase in building permits issued during the month of December, as well as a significant increase in permits issued for the year.
Reynolds noted in his report the month of December saw a total of 30 permits issued, with only eight in December 2011. Of those 30, six of the permits were commercial — a small increase from five permits issued last December.
Reynolds also reported a decrease in construction dollars for December 2012, with a reported $1,492,695 for December 2012, and $1,755,800 for December 2011. The biggest reported projects for December include an interior improvement at The Law Company and the construction of three new ranch houses.
Reynolds also reported a significant increase in permits issued for the overall year.
“We had 276 permits issued for the 2012 year, compared to 199 last year,” Reynolds said.
In other business
• Commissioners approved a resolution to fund the remaining needs for the Barnstormers West Field Subdivision via temporary notes, with a total value of $248,110. The notes will be repaid via bonds later in the year.
• Commissioners approved a job reclassification for Tammy Seeley, city clerk. Seeley also was granted the title of human resources officer. Seeley will retain the title of city clerk.
Mayor Brown said the change was made due to the small size of the city office. Brown said Seeley will take some of the reporting duties off of City Administrator Nick Gregory, so he can focus on other duties.
• Commissioners approved a new audit contract with Hawk & Lloyd LLC. The former contract was a three- year contract with an annual increase of 3 percent. The new contract is a five year contract with an annual increase of 1 percent. The initial fee of $38,293 will not change between contracts.
• Commissioners approved a request by McPherson Public Works for the purchase of material to extend the handrail at the corner of West Lakeside and Kansas Ave. The approved budget was $1,060. Commissioners also approved a request by Public Works to sell a Challenger tractor no longer needed at the wastewater treatment plant. The tractor will be on a consignment agreement with Foley Equipment and have a sale price of $49,000.