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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Emergency services mobilize for All Schools Day

  • All School’s Day is celebrating its 100th anniversary next week, and city emergency services are ready, just in case something goes wrong.
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  • All School’s Day is celebrating its 100th anniversary next week, and city emergency services are ready, just in case something goes wrong.
    During a study session on Monday, McPherson Police Chief Rob McClarty said emergency management services are coordinating in the event of an emergency during the week.
    McClarty said no incident is expected, but the city is working to be ready just in case.
    McClarty said the city’s command trailer, which was donated by the National Cooperative Refinery Association in December 2012, will be up and running during the event. He also said enhanced security measures will be in place. He said the enhanced security measures are in response to changing times.
    “McPherson is its own unique city, and All School’s Day is its own unique celebration,” he said, “and the city presents its own unique potential problems.”
    McClarty also encouraged those participating in the event to report any suspicious activity.
    “If you see something, say something,” McClarty said. “Report any suspicious persons, packages and activities to local law enforcement immediately.”
    McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal said the fire department within the last few weeks has put a response plan in place in case of an emergency.
    “I hope that nothing happens, but in the event it does, we’re doing everything we can to be ready,” Deal said.
    In other business:
    • Commissioners approved a request by McClarty for the purchase of five portable radios. The cost of those radios is $16,361.
    • Commissioners awarded a bid of almost $7.3 million to Cornejo & Sons for the First Street Reconstruction project.
    • Commissioners approved a $295,200 contract with Cook, Flatt & Strobel to provide construction testing services for the First Street Project.
    • Commissioners agreed to pay 25 percent, or $9,150, toward the purchase of a new brine generator for the county. The brine will be shared between the city and the county. The county will pay for the remaining cost.

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