A new mural depicting a Kansas prairie will grace South Main Street this fall.

A new mural depicting a Kansas prairie will grace South Main Street this fall.

McPherson city commissioners approved a request by Anne Hassler, director for the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Monday to fund a mural to be on the south side of the building at 220 S. Main, right next to Luke’s Barbershop.

The mural will cost $9,200 and will be painted on-site by artist Matthew Richter. Hassler said the public will be allowed to watch the artistic process take place as it happens.

Hassler said the project will begin in either September or October.


The commission reclassified a zone to allow for a multi-family structure in the Barnstormer West Field Addition.

The zone is on the east side of Stearman Drive, between Genesis Drive and Curtis Drive.

Previously, the zone was classified as a R-3 multiple family residential with a protective overlay district.

City commissioners voted Monday to remove that protective overlay.

Tom Stinemetze, city planning and zoning administrator, said the protective overlay restricted residences in the zone to only single-family buildings. Removing the overlay was necessary, in regards to zoning regulations, to allow for a buyer to begin a multi-family project.

The city of McPherson began construction on new housing in the Barnstormer’s West Field addition in mid-December 2012. The area is being used to construct new affordable housing for McPherson.

In other business:

• Mayor Tom Brown recognized the efforts of the War and Peace quilters. The quilters are based out of Trinity Lutheran Church in McPherson and are comprised of more than one dozen volunteers from McPherson, Lyons, Hutchinson, Moundridge, Elyria and Marquette. They have crafted more than 1,000 quilts with more than 45,000 man hours, with quilts going to individuals in 35 states and six foreign countries. Their quilts go to soldiers and veterans of war.

• Commissioners approved the promotion of police sergeant Stacy Snyder to the rank of police detective, and the promotion of police officer John Hill to the rank of police sergeant. Commissioners approved $3,303 to pay for the police department’s yearly maintenance fee for its logistic systems and $1,076 for maintenance to the furnace in the kennel area of the McPherson animal shelter.

• Code enforcement officer Vince Rocco provided an update on the structure at 520 S. Ash St., which was deemed a public nuisance to be removed on Jan. 28. Rocco reported owner David Saunders did obtain a permit for demolition, and demolition of the structure is scheduled to begin on March 18 by Selzer’s BackHoe Service.

Joseph Tuszynski is a staff writer for The McPherson Sentinel, and can be reached at joe.tuszynski@mcphersonsentinel.com, or you can follow him on twitter @JoeTSentinel.