The McPherson city board of commissioners approved the 2014 Uniform Public Offense code for McPherson Monday morning. The UPOC was updated to include the use, sale and possession of electronic cigarettes.

The McPherson city board of commissioners approved the 2014 Uniform Public Offense code for McPherson Monday morning. The UPOC was updated to include the use, sale and possession of electronic cigarettes.
Prior to the revisions there was no ordinance in regards to e-cigarettes.
The new UPOC defines e-cigarettes as electronic devices that use an atomizer or similar to device used to inhale nicotine or other flavored vapor and recognizes the use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping” as it is called, as a form of smoking. The new code states that the use of an electronic smoking device falls under the same penalties as any smoke and ash producing cigarette.
Under the UPOC, vaping is no longer acceptable in any place that smoking is not allowed.
In other news, the Women and Children Combating Cancer Pink Line Walk was approved to be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 on Main Street McPherson.
Each year supporters walk down Main Street carrying a pink ribbon to raise awareness of cancer in the community. Promotional items and concessions will be available for sale.
Board of Public Works General Manager Tim Maier stated that the pilot program to convert overhead to underground powerlines is going well. The work starts at Elizabeth street and goes to between Oak and Fisher. The work is about 40 percent complete.
The First Street construction project is very close to completion thought the recent rains has caused a slight set back. Work on curb, gutter and driveways has been completed with striping beginning Monday. Cleanup will be scheduled shortly thereafter.