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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • City Commission Utility work holds up 1st Street project

  • Utility relocations are presently affecting the 1st Street project schedule, Interim Public Works Director Steve Schmidt reported at Monday’s city commission meeting.
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  • Utility relocations are presently affecting the 1st Street project schedule, Interim Public Works Director Steve Schmidt reported at Monday’s city commission meeting.
    The current dry weather has increased water demand, keeping the McPherson Board of Public Utilities from shutting down the water line at Elm for relocation. Consequently, they have moved to Main Street and are laying pipe backward to keep the project moving.
    Once the storm sewer is complete from Main to Ash, Cornejo & Sons LLC. can begin reconstruction of the intersection at Main and First, which they expect will begin in mid-September.
    Cornejo and Sons is currently completing smaller jobs east of Hartup and expects the landscaper to begin work next week.
    West of Main, the gas company has about two weeks worth of work to complete its relocations, and Cornejo and Sons is waiting on the Union Pacific Railroad permits.
    AT&T has two to three weeks of work left to complete phone cable relocation at Ash.
    In other business, authorization was given for the mayor to sign two contracts with BG Consultants for engineering design and preparation of plans; one for reconstruction of Avenue A from Oak Street to just east of Park Street for a cost not to exceed $95,667; the other for reconstruction of Chestnut Street from Avenue A to Avenue C for a cost not to exceed $39,318.
    Authorization was granted for Stevens Contractors to replace sanitary sewer lines encountered during First Street construction for a cost up to $97,000.
    The commission also approved two new ordinances. One gives the chief of police or his designee the authority to determine traffic hazards on private property. The other sets standards for tree or hedge height, as well as establishing responsibility for abutting sidewalks to property owners, occupants or agents.
    At Police Chief Robert McClarty’s recommendation, officer Isaac Marcantonio was promoted to the rank of police sergeant.
    The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau Board informed the commission it approved increasing the event grant for the October Cantus event at the McPherson Opera House from $3,500 to $10,000, adding that there would be a special low ticket price as a thank you to McPherson residents.

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