The McPherson City Commission met for their regular meeting Monday morning, and here’s what you need to know:

1. Commissioners voted to promote McPherson Police Officer Ryan Bauer to police detective, effective immediately.

“He has an excellent base of training and an array of experience over the last five years with us,” said McPherson Police Chief Rob McClarty. “I believe he’ll continue to benefit our agency in this position.”

Commissioners also approved the conditional hiring of Jesse King as a police officer, who will begin July 3 after completing additional testing.

“This will make us fully staffed. We’re able to patrol our streets and take care of things even better than before,” McClarty said. “I’ll give a shout-out to our officers and command staff — they’ve done an excellent job covering while we had a shortage. I don’t think McPherson saw a lack of officers on the street. That gives them a great accomplishment.”

2. Commissioners accepted a quote for geotechnical and environmental engineering services for proposed post tensioned tennis courts at Wall Park at a cost not to exceed $2,500. The report from two boring sites will provide earthwork recommendations for the new courts.

3. The Centennial Drive sewer project is approximately 80 percent complete. To date, there is 8,450 feet of new sewer line and 29 manholes installed.

The redesign of the alley sewer is complete. The sewer alley work has been rescheduled for the week of June 26. Notifications will be sent to the affected property owners prior to the start of the work and they will be notified again the day before each individual tap is tied into the new sewer. On the day individual service lines are tied into the new sewer, water and sewer service will not be available. Water and sewer service will only be interrupted for each individual property between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the one day.

4. Commissioners approved payment of $3,759.92 to Firehouse Software for Cloud services for the McPherson Fire Department. Commissioners also approved the payment to B&C Truck electric Services not to exceed $2,323.82 for the repair of the department’s ladder truck.

5. On June 6, the Planning Commission held a public input session. The session was for the vacation of the remainder of the alley that runs through Block 30 of McPherson Original Town Site, which is the south side of East Woodside Street. The planning commission recommends that the vacation be approved with one condition, that Grain Craft must take ownership and maintenance of the sanitary sewer running through the alley.

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