By Teri L. Hansen
The McPherson City Commission met Monday morning for its regular meeting. Here is what you need to know.
1. The Mayor of McPherson Tom Brown signed a proclamation declaring July as Park and Recreation Month in McPherson.
"Our parks and recreation are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our communities, ensuring the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and region," Brown said.
Most Americans spend five hours per week participating in fun outdoor activities. Community play spaces boost positive attitudes toward cultural diversity and reduce feelings of isolation. Fifty percent of all vigorous exercise in America happens at parks.
2. Commissioners approved a motion to replace McPherson Police Department tasers. The cost is $3,444 for the first year with a reoccurring annual cost of $5,544 for the following four years.
3. The McPherson Landfill Corporation will meet at 8 a.m. prior to the commission meeting on July 10 in the McPherson Commission Room located in the McPherson Municipal Center, 400 E. Kansas Avenue for the annual Meeting.
4. The McPherson City Commission will meet following the regular meeting and study session on July 10 to review an advanced version of the budget. The meeting will be at the McPherson Municipal Center in the East Board Room and will start within 30 minutes of the completion of study sessions and will go as long as needed.
5. Progress has been made on various public works construction projects.
To date 8,614 feet of new sewer line and 30 manholes have been installed on the Centennial Drive Sewer Project.
"The project is approximately 81 percent complete," said Public Works Director Jeff Woodward. "No work was accomplished on the Centennial sewer this past week, as they are working on the alley street sewer."
The sewer alley work has started. One manhole at North High and Loomis has been completed. Notifications have been sent to the affected property owners and they will be notified again the day before each individual tap is tied into the new sewer.
"I would like to remind residents that the day the individual service lines are tied into the new sewer, water and sewer service will not be available," Woodward said. "Water and sewer service will only be interrupted for each individual property for the one day and only between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Loomis Street will be closed from North High Drive to Myers for another 10 days.
About 95 percent of the retaining wall footing near the railroad bridge has been placed in the Avenue A sidewalk project. The first part of the retaining wall is being formed.
The sidewalk is placed from Deerfield to 200 feet west of Woodthrush. The electrical conduit remains unchanged at approximately 50 percent (from the east end to the west church entrance). They've started placing truncated domes in the ADA ramps and doing some clean up work.
Maxwell Street is still temporarily patched. The patching had to be postponed to the latter part of next week. Maxwell will have to be closed down for one day while this work is completed.
"Gordon Street work is progressing nicely," Woodward said. "This project goes from Baer Street to Carrie Street. The College's portion runs from Baer to Eshelman. Pavement is complete to Eshelman Street. The city's portion is from Eshelman Street to Carrie Street.
Base work is in progress. Work on the three water services is complete. The contractor is scheduled to start the pavement this week.