Work is progressing on the new McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility landfill.

Work is progressing on the new McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility landfill.
Michael Craig of MASWU gave an update on the $5.4 million, 360-acre landfill and other utility activities during a McPherson City Commission study session Monday.
The new landfill will set next to the closed landfill on Arapaho Road, which is between McPherson and Lindsborg.
It will encompass 360 acres, which will be split into 60-acre phases. The first cell of the first phase will be 11 acres. The landfill is projected to last 300 years — 700 if the county bails its trash, which it intends to do.
The county’s old landfill was closed in the 1990s. MASWU estimates the new landfill will save the county about $200,000 per year.
The clay liner for the new landfill has been completed, and work is underway on the synthetic liner for the first landfill cell.
The baler building is completed, and the baler and conveyer inside that building have been installed. The Gatehouse for the new landfill is close to completion.  The foundation for the scale is in, and the scale will be installed soon.
A leachate tank has been installed, and a tornado shelter is waiting to be installed.
MASWU also is the process of acquiring new equipment for the new facility.
MASWU also continues to make upgrades in its daily operations. The utility recently updated its website. The website can be found at It includes operation hours, trash schedules, service information and information on MASWU’s new curbside recycling program.
The transfer station converted to single-stream recycling in February. All the poly carts for curbside recycling in McPherson have been distributed. The first scheduled curbside recycling pickup in McPherson is set for Monday.
Lindsborg and Inman already have single-stream curbside recycling programs.
City officials said Monday they had few complaints about the new recycling program.
In fact, Craig said some parade goers along the All Schools Day route clapped when the MASWU truck drove by advertising the new recycling program in McPherson.
Nick Gregory, city administrator, said he had a complaint about the mandatory fee for recycling, which will be $1.75 per month.
However, he said the cost is low for the service.

First Street
Work continues on First Street, Jeff Woodward, public works director, told the commission Monday. All streets east of Main Street are open. Some work still remains on sidewalks east of Main Street. The intersections of Chestnut Street and Walnut Street are open, but the intersection of Hospital Drive and Maple Street are closed.
The two culverts at Hartup near the railroad tracks have been removed, and the new box culvert was set to be moved in Monday.

Sewer connections
The city approved two measures city leaders hope will make it easier for developers to build multi-family housing in the city. Both were changes to the sanitary sewer connection surcharge. The former fee structure charged $550 per connection. The new system will charge $550 per building and $150 per additional unit of a multi-unit complex.
This move is one of a variety of efforts the city has taken in the last year to try to deal with a housing shortage in the city.
In other business, the commission:

Approved a proclamation naming Tuesday Senator Bob Dole Day. Dole will visit McPherson Tuesday as a part of a statewide tour. Approved a search to hire a replacement firefighter due to a promotion. Approved a search to hire a replacement police officer due to a resignation. Approved an additional $7,000 in engineering fees for CFS for monitoring concrete placement for the First Street Project. Agreed to close a portion of Allison Street on Wednesday for the Lincoln Elementary School’s annual field day. Approved the use of city resources to aid the McPherson Scottish Festival, which will be Sept., 25-28. Authorized the major to sign a certificate of approval for an Independent College Finance Authority. Central Christian College will issue $400,000 worth of bonds. The city will serve as the pass-through agency for the bonds but will not be responsible for the debt. Approved two $500,000 six-month CDs with First Bank Kansas.