Far more building permits were issued in McPherson in January 2013 compared to previous years.

Far more building permits were issued in McPherson in January 2013 compared to previous years.

Bret Reynolds, city building inspector, reported a total of 65 permits issued during January 2013, compared to only 6 permits issued in January 2012.

Construction dollars also saw a surge last month, with a monthly total of $7,772,705. January 2012 only saw a monthly total of $576,860.

Reynolds attributed the surge to increased public awareness of permits required.

“I’d like to think that, No. 1, more work is being done, and No. 2, because more permits are being properly enforced,” Reynolds said.

While permits saw an increase, only one new home was started in January 2013, valued at $365,700, with one home started in January 2012, valued at $145,000.

Of the 65 permits issued in January 2013, 15 were commercial permits, compared to two commercial permits in January 2012. Commercial dollars totaled $7,194,804, with only $405,000 in January 2012.

The largest construction projects in January 2013 included a 14,400 square foot addition to Hospira’s southwest corner of their building located at 1776 N. Centennial, and the movement of offices, restrooms, and enlargement of office rooms in the same building. The corner addition was valued at $5,054,000, and the renovations valued at $1,900,000.

In other business:

• Detective Kevin McKean was promoted to the rank of investigations captain. McKean accepted the promotion on Monday to the applause at the city commission meeting. The McPherson Police Department also was authorized to fill the vacant detective role.

• Commissioners approved the dispersion of trust funds to the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation for the final phase of an exhibit for James A. Cassler. The exhibit will be a plaque or sign dedicated to Cassler’s memory. The funds dispersed total $227,998.

• Commissioners approved the route for the McPherson Family YMCA and United Way’s community walk/run. The route will start at the YMCA, at Martin and Walnut, go to Charles, then loop back around up Euclid. The walk/run will be at 9 a.m. April 13, lasting for an hour.