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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • City establishes four Rural Housing Incentive Districts

  • As required by state statute, the McPherson City Commission established statutory requirements for Rural Housing Incentive Districts Monday.
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  • As required by state statute, the McPherson City Commission established statutory requirements for Rural Housing Incentive Districts Monday. Four such districts were established by the resolution.
    The first RHID comprised seven lots in Barnstormers Field’s first addition, in the area south of East Avenue A, west of Stearman Street, north of Curtiss Drive, and east of Cavalry Street. The district is intended for multiple family residential use.
    The second RHID comprised 11 lots and also was set in Barnstormers Field’s first addition, this one bordered on the west by the southern half of Stearman Street with the Curtiss Court cul-de-sac located in its northern portion. The district is intended for single family or duplex use.
    The third RHID comprised 15 lots directly south of South Taft Street, with South Augustus Avenue intended to eventually be extended to allow access. The district is intended for multiple family residential use.
    The final RHID comprised nine lots which make up most of the block bordered on the north side of East Euclid Street, east of North Ash Street, and west of North Elm Street, the site of the defunct old Dillons store. This district is intended for single family residential use.
    City Administrator Nick Gregory said the city was already in discussion with McPherson School District 418 and McPherson County on the RHID establishment process.
    “We will meet with the school board at Monday evening’s board of education meeting,” Gregory said, “and we hope to meet with the county at our next meeting.”
    The city’s next step is to publish the resolution and send a copy to the Kansas State Secretary of Commerce for approval.
    The city also approved a resolution clarifying rental property developer requirements in order to be accepted in the city’s RHID program. To be eligible to take part, rental property developers must be able to complete their project in 24 months, and must be supplying at least 20 units.
    The Rural Housing Incentive Districts Program is designed to aid developers in building housing within communities by assisting in the financing of public improvements.
    Other business
    In other business, the city commission:
    • Approved the Police Department’s purchase of 25 portable radios and four mobile radios at a cost not to exceed $96,506.85, and the Fire Department’s purchase of five portable radios and two mobile radios at a cost not to exceed $24,000. The non-budgeted purchases are intended as a step in replacing current radios, which, according to Police Chief Rob McClarty, are beginning to fail and are expensive to have repaired.
    • Approved paying city 2013 real estate taxes on 16 properties that serve as either landfill or city-run farm operations. The total cost was $10,511.38.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approved a modification to the Turkey Creek erosion rock purchase, increasing the purchase amount from $4,010.73 to $4,137.38.
    • Approved the Board of Public Utilities’ purchase of two irrigated quarters of land north of the city at a price of $2.5 million. The purchasing funds would come from BPU’s Long Range Money Supply.

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