McPherson city commissioners met at their regular meeting Monday to approve letters of support for area organizations providing transportation to individuals who need it most.

McPherson city commissioners met at their regular meeting Monday to approve letters of support for area organizations providing transportation to individuals who need it most.

“Each November, we submit these letters of support with the county in a grant application for our transportation district,” City Administrator Nick Gregory said. “We submit this grant application each year, so its time to prepare our letters of support.”

The city approved letters for the McPherson County Council on Aging, Multi-Community Diversified Services, Disability Supports of the Great Plains, as well as a letter assuring commitment of matching funds for MCCA in subsidizing taxi program costs. Transportation programs in McPherson County provide affordable transportation to the elderly, disabled, eligible low-income or general public.

Bill Athey, lead building inspector for the city, presented a monthly report from the department. Fewer residential permits have been issued this year than by this time in 2015, but commercial permits for new construction are up 116 percent. All permits are down, and Athey explained that the numbers could be declining because the rate of roof permits issues has declined through last year and much of this year.

“We’re just not seeing a need for roofing projects, and that can be a good thing,” Athey said.

While fewer construction projects are starting, current projects are two percent more expensive than they were last year.

Commissioners approved the travel reimbursement request for public lands and facilities employee Jeff Rife. Rife traveled to Manhattan, Kansas last week for the 2016 Fall Kansas Arborists training course.

Jeff Woodward, director of the public works department, requested approval for a number of purchases for the Waste Water Treatment Plant to repair and update equipment.

In the Highway 56 project, construction crews have a little more progress to go in the coming weeks, then they will be able to switch traffic to the northern lanes.