First Street will be closed to through traffic for a half day Thursday so construction crews can pour more concrete for the roadway.

First Street will be closed to through traffic for a half day Thursday so construction crews can pour more concrete for the roadway.
The street was closed part of the day Saturday, but crews could not finish pouring the rest of the street due to weather, Steve Schmidt, interim public works director, told the McPherson City Commission Monday.
The concrete for the north lanes will be finished Thursday, weather permitting. The work will begin at about 6 a.m. and will be completed by mid-afternoon.
Schmidt said limited access for residents and people having business in the work area will be maintained even during the work. Limited access always will be available for emergency vehicles.
Schmidt said he continues to offer the advice to local drivers to find alternate routes around the First Street work zone while construction is ongoing.
The public still can expect temporary closures of the street for several hours for concrete pours.
In addition, crews will have to close the street for two weeks to replace a sanitary sewer line. This closure will be announced at a later date.
Schmidt said the project is on schedule and is still set to be completed by the beginning of school.
Updates on the project can be found on the city’s website at or on Twitter @FirstStreetCon.

LED street lights
The city will test LED street lights at First and Main and First and Hartup streets. Schmidt said the lights will use significantly less light than traditional traffic lights.
If the lights prove successful, LED street lights could be used elsewhere in the city.
The cost will be $1,665, which will be a change order to the First Street reconstruction project.

Storm repairs completed
Tim Maier, BPU general manager, gave a report to the commission on repairs after the recent wind storm that hit McPherson.
He said all poles and lines should be repaired at this point.
If any customers still have repairs that needed to be completed, they need to call BPU at 245-2515 during business hours and 245-2554 after hours and on weekends.
If damaged limbs are still hanging over lines that go to a person’s home, contact BPU. Workers will take the line down, so the property owner can hire a tree trimmer to take down any nuisance limbs.
Property owners are still responsible to haul off their own limbs.

In other business, the commission:
n Approved a request by Computer Solutions to block off parking stalls between 7:30 a.m. and noon Sept. 20 in the 100 block of West Marlin for a electronics recycling event. Old computers, printers, copiers and other IT equipment will be accepted. Hard drive destruction will be offered for $10.
n Accepted a report from the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Service. The board conducted an inspection of the EMS services and found EMS met all the board’s requirements.
n Approved a rezoning from two family residential to light industrial for Chemstar for an area just east of 403 S. Gildersleeve/525 W. Grant St. The business will be allowed to conduct agricultural feed and grain processing, storage and sales, have a grain elevator, and oil field retail and wholesale.
A similar request was granted for the area on the east side of Gildersleeve between Hayes Street and Avenue A.
n Approved a rezoning from county A-2 agricultural transition district to A-1 city agricultural district for land on the south side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and on the west side of Treatment Plant Road.
This land was donated to the city by NCRA and was never rezoned. A special-use permit also was approved, which will allow it to continue to be used for a Street Department yard.
n Approved a request to purchase two extra sensors to have on hand for the waste water treatment plant at a cost of $5,900.
n Approved the city’s participation in a KDOT federal exchange program that will make more than $62,704 available for city transportation projects to be used at a later date.