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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • NCRA gets approval for expanded rail service for coker

  • The McPherson County Commission approved at its meeting Monday a final flat for a new rail siding subdivision to serve NCRA.
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  • The McPherson County Commission approved at its meeting Monday a final flat for a new rail siding subdivision to serve NCRA.
    The new subdivision will allow for the construction of new rail spurs on which empty and full rail cars can sit. The spur will serve NCRA’s new coker, which is under construction.
    The $555 million coker will convert the heaviest portion of crude oil, otherwise sold as asphalt, into a much more valuable liquid product that can be converted to gasoline or diesel fuel.
    The material that is left over is petroleum coke, which is similar to coal. The new coker will replace the refinery’s current coker, which was built in 1952.
    The new coker is expected to come online in summer 2015.
    The new subdivision stretches roughly from the intersection of Kansas Highway 61 and Old Highway 81 to Frontier Road.
    The rail line will be a Union Pacific line.
    The land was replatted from ag land for the project.
    In other business, the commission:
    • Approved $7,854 for the replacement of two HVAC units by Pestinger Heating and Air Conditioning and $230 for the installation of a hot water heater at the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg.
    • Approved security upgrades from F.E. Morgan Security Solutions at the Old Mill Museum at a cost of $3,073. Among the improvements will be water sensors aimed at protecting archives in the museum’s basement.
    • Approved an amended Community Developmental Disability Organization contract. The wording of the contract has changed because people with developmental disabilities will be covered under KanCare in 2014. The county’s financial obligation will not change.
    • Approved a counter offer for s  Bank of America contract for rent for the bank’s space in the Bank of America building. The bank will pay $124,800 rent for one year with an option to extend for two more years. If accepted by the bank, the contract will be begin July 1.

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