The city is considering hiring a part-time employee to assist at the McPherson Animal Shelter.

The city is considering hiring a part-time employee to assist at the McPherson Animal Shelter.
Police Chief Rob McClarty said hiring this employee would be of assistance because it would eliminate the time Animal Control currently has to spend at the facility, keeping that person on patrol and available.
Some McPherson residents have complained the city is not doing enough to deal with dogs running at large in the city.
The city will continue the discussion in future meetings.

Representatives of the McPherson Housing Coalition asked the city to hire a full-time staff for the coalition. The new employee would write grants and offer expertise in state and federal housing programs.
While supportive, the city wished to postpone consideration until the new year so any such hiring could be considered in the 2015 budget.

The city also discussed potential alterations in court and traffic violation diversion fees. No action was taken, and the discussion will continue in future meetings.

Other business
In other business, the city commission:
• Approved Mayor Tom Brown’s signing a letter of support for renewing the proposed property tax exemption for the Multi-Community Diversified Services’ buildings at 2107 and 2109 Industrial Drive. The building has been exempt from property tax since its construction 12 years ago.
• Approved the purchase of a new sewer truck from Vac-Con for $335,000. In turn, the city’s current sewer truck will be sold back to Key Equipment for $58,250 as per the city’s buy back agreement with that company.
• Approved the purchase of four iPad tablets and 4 Otterbox cases from Verizon Wireless for $2,419.96. The iPads will be used for Geographic Information System software to be used by the city.
• Approved the reappointment of Foster and Associates as city planning associates with no changes in the fee structure from the current contract.
The McPherson City Commission will next meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at the McPherson Municipal Building.