The McPherson City Commission met for its regular meeting Monday morning, and here is what you need to know:
1. AAA Kansas President Jim Hanni recognized the McPherson Police Department for their efforts in traffic safety. The police department was presented with the Silver Award for their efforts in traffic safety awareness and enforcement throughout 2016.
2. Mayor of McPherson Tom Brown signed a proclamation declaring May 4 as a National Day of Prayer. The proclamation stated:
“Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer. In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.
“On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation. Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.”
3. McPherson Board of Public Utilities has been working on the lighting upgrade in Lakeside Park at the shelter houses. The lights are now LED as opposed to the florescent. That project was completed last week.
BPU completed training with DS&O, which serves about 30 percent of the county, including safety training with them. Part of the training included transferring low voltage to high voltage to see the impact. BPU General Manager Tim Maier advised residents that if power lines are down, do not come in contact with them. If you are in your vehicle around downed power lines, do not get out.
4. Commissioners approved a motion to hire Alex Krebaum as full-time firefighter effective May 8. This will bring the fire department up to fully staffed.
Phillip Burkhart from Norman, Oklahoma was approved to be hired as a police officer effective May 1. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from University of Oklahoma.
"I believe he will be a well-rounded asset to our agency and with your approval," McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty said.
In addition, Jason Buschbom has been promoted to the position of Golf Course Operations Superintendent. He has been with the Public Lands and Facilities Department for 20 years.
5. Public Works Director Jeff Woodward updated the commission on the progress of various construction efforts throughout the city.
There was no progress on the Centennial Drive Widening Project; however, the mill and overlay may be accomplished in the first part of May.
To date, 6,500 feet of sewer main and 25 manholes have been installed on the Centennial Drive Sewer Project. The project is approximately 58 percent complete.
Public works is in the process of redesigning the alley sewer that runs parallel to Barber and Myers Streets between Anna and Loomis Streets. The redesign is expected to be completed in the next week or two.
"The Contractor has informed us as soon as materials can be obtained to complete the alley sewer, they will immediately commence with the installation," Woodward said.
Early last week, the base lift of asphalt was placed on Baer Street in the Avenue A Sidewalk Project. Last Friday the top lift of asphalt was placed. This week they plan on putting in tapers on drives and side streets. This project should be completed this week or next week.