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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • First Street intersections under construction

  • The south two lanes of First Street from Hartup to Ash Streets will be closed starting this week to facilitate installation of new storm drainage lines and inlets.
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  • The south two lanes of First Street from Hartup to Ash Streets will be closed starting this week to facilitate installation of new storm drainage lines and inlets.
    At the Monday McPherson City Commission meeting, Interim Public Works Director Steve Schmidt said in order to install the inlets, the south side intersections from Hartup Street to Ash Street also will be dug up, rendering them unusable until this phase of the First Street Project is finished.
    The corner for Somerset Place will be an exception since it’s a cul-de-sac with no access other than turning south on First Street.
    After digging up the Somerset Place intersection, contractors will construct a temporary single lane gravel access. Once they’ve finished the other lane of the intersection, they will remove the gravel and allow access via the finished single lane until the other lane is finished.
    The north lanes of First Street will function as a two-lane street in the First Street construction zone. Access to the north intersections will be unchanged.
    Other business
    - Pedals for Paul representative Ronn Peters requested police escort for the group’s event Saturday. They will start at Melhorn Science Hall, with members riding five, ten and 20 mile distances. The city approved Peters’ request.
    - The city approved a 2 percent cost of living wage increase for city employees, with elected officials not included.
    - The city approved a First Street Project change order for $5,225 for purchasing water runoff inlet protection.
    - The wastewater department authorized safety updates required as a result of a fire department inspection. Costs were initially expected to be less than $1,000, but new emergency lighting requirements and repairs pushed the total amount to $1,354.
    - The city authorized payment for hail repair on six police vehicles that were damaged during the August storms. The total bill had been $8,301, but insurance covered all but $3,000 of the cost.

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