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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • First Street to close Saturday; city OKs bonds

  • First Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Saturday in order to pave the north traffic lanes, according to a Department of Public Works report to the McPherson City Commission Monday.
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  • First Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Saturday in order to pave the north traffic lanes, according to a Department of Public Works report to the McPherson City Commission Monday.
    Steve Schmidt, interim public works director, said the public can expect temporary closures for concrete pours and water line replacements.
    Schmidt also said First Street will be closed during a two week period in August to replace a sanitary sewer line.
    According to the Public Works report, First Street should be open east of Hartup when school starts.
    The paving is part of the First Street Project. The city commission unanimously voted Monday to issue a total of $8,357,294 in general obligation bonds to fund several public works projects, including the First Street Project.
    The commission alloted $6,575,294 to the First Street Project, as well as improvements on Hartup and Hill streets. Additional funds were approved for street and storm sewer improvements.
    Updates on the First Street Project can be found at www.mcpcity.com or on Twitter at @FirstStreetCon.
    General obligation bonds were also issued for the Grant Complex improvement project and street and sewer improvements for the Veranda addition and the Barnstormer West Field Addition.
    Pastor attends chaplain conference
    Dick Reynolds, a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, attended the International Conference of Police Chaplains annual conference from July 8 to 12 in Grapevine, Texas.
    The conference offered 12 basic courses in law enforcement chaplaincy, which are required for certification as a law enforcement chaplain, according to the International Conference of Police Chaplains website. The conference offered several advanced and enrichment courses as well.
    In McPherson, police chaplains are responsible for providing voluntary counseling to both officers and citizens who have interacted with law enforcement if requested by the individual.
    McPherson's chaplaincy program was challenged in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting the separation of church and state. Brown and the city commission decided to proceed with the program after a legal review.
    In other business, the commission approved the following items:
    - $2,750 for the Fix-A-Cat program
    - Pay raises for three city employees
    - A bleacher request from the Chamber of Commerce for its When Pigs Fly barbecue on Aug. 23 and 24.
    - A petting zoo at Wall Park for the Journey Mennonite Church's Bible camp on Aug. 11.
    - The drilling of a test well to investigate whether there has been any leakage from the old gas station tanks adjacent to 112 East Sutherland where Little Caesars is now located.
    - The payment of $2,580 for baling hay grown on city-owned land.
    - Funding to repair a bulge on Champlin Street between KFC and Freddie's, which occurred because of thermal expansion.
    Page 2 of 2 - - A contract with Wilson and Company for the design of the CertainTeed-Oxford Pointe Drainage Project.
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