City commissioners signed a 20-year lease agreement with the McPherson Recreation Commission Monday for an almost $1 million project, which will include two new T-ball fields.
Other planned construction on the Grant Sports Complex includes a new playground, sidewalks, fences, landscape improvements, bleachers, dugouts, restrooms and irrigation improvements for existing sports fields.
The lease agreement establishes a 10-year term, with an automatic renewal of a second 10-year term unless otherwise notified by either the city or the McPherson Recreation Commission within 90 days of the end of the first term.
Within the agreement, the city will fund a portion of the project out of bond money. The McPherson Recreation Commission will then pay a bi-annual rent towards the city as repayment. The McPherson Recreation Commission will continue to pay for utility maintenance and insurance on the property.
The Grant Sports Complex is owned by the city, and that the McPherson Recreation Commission is required to make payments to the city in order to build desired improvements.
Nick Gregory, city administrator, said the goal with funding projects like the Grant Complex and First Street through the bond is to save on cost issuance.
“Our goal is always to group different funding sources together,” he said.
Cost issuance typically includes trustee fees, accounting fees and other issuance fees.
A start date for construction on the Grant Complex has not yet been determined.
In other business:
• Mayor Tom Brown said the city issued 19 speeding tickets last week to individuals speeding through construction on First Street. Brown reminded the public to be wary of the lower speed limits in the area.
• Edythe Leslie, McPherson’s new code enforcement officer, was introduced to city commissioners during the meeting on Monday. Leslie said she was looking forward to working with the McPherson community.
• Commissioners discussed current fireworks ordinances as they relate to public property. Current city ordinances state that fireworks cannot be launched on city property —including in the middle of a public street. Mayor Brown said the city may look at fireworks ordinances after the Fourth of July and remove any that aren’t being enforced.