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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Stoplight to go up at I-135, U.S. 56 junction

  • From 2010 to 2013, there were 22 accidents at the northbound Interstate 135 junction with U.S. Highway 56.
    The figure placed the intersection in the top five percent of accident prone intersections in the state, according to Kansas Department of Transportation statistics presented during a McPherson City Commission study session Monday.
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  • From 2010 to 2013, there were 22 accidents at the northbound Interstate 135 junction with U.S. Highway 56.
    The figure placed the intersection in the top five percent of accident prone intersections in the state, according to Kansas Department of Transportation statistics presented during a McPherson City Commission study session Monday.
    Accidents at the intersection have resulted in six personal injuries during the three-year study period.
    KDOT representatives suggested a solution is to place a stoplight at the intersection, which KDOT will fund and the city of McPherson will maintain.
    Although the city would maintain the signal, all funds for its upkeep would be provided by KDOT.
    Mayor Tom Brown said he was open to working with KDOT on installing the stoplight.
    "Given the accident information and the reimbursement deal with KDOT, I think we will proceed and evaluate the experience," Brown said.
    Public Works director hired
    Jeff Woodward was appointed as the city of McPherson's Public Works director effective Oct. 14.
    Woodward, formerly of the KDOT, has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's in civil engineering science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    He is a state licensed professional engineer and has a KU certification in public management.
    In other business, the city:
    Will mow a number of locations in the control of KO Railroad. The city will bill the railroad for the cost of $1,697.
    Passed an ordinance levying assessments against the owners of a number of nuisance or dangerous properties that have required city intervention for correction.
    Approved paying $5,000 for additional services by CFS Engineers in connection with weekend concrete work on the First Street project.
    Approved $1,838 to pay McPherson Concrete Products for manhole rings and covers.
    Approved an additional $574.11 to complete audio/video improvements in the city commission, board and conference rooms.
    Approved $12,500 for pavement painting.
    Approved a $147,600 change order for the waste water treatment plant pump replacement plan.
    Approved $2,700 to purchase a pavement coring machine if the current one breaks down.
    Approved $5,179 for annual technical support from Wonderware In Touch software, which is used at the waste water treatment plant.
    Approved $15,000 for Mayer Specialty Services to perform video inspections of sanitary sewer lines.
    Approved $4,000 to rent flow meters to obtain data on sewer line flow.
    Approved $3,500 to mow the city's hay fields. Expenses will be recovered when the hay is sold next year.
    Approved $4,000 for an appraisal by the Simmons Company for lands on which the city wishes to acquire a drainage easement.
    Approved a $3,000 McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau's marketing grant for McPherson Main Street's Home for the Holidays event.
    Page 2 of 2 - Approved the purchase of a 40mm "Less than Lethal Launcher" from OMB products for the McPherson Police Department. The launcher, training and accessories will be paid for with a $5,000 donation from National Cooperative Refinery Association.

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