The McPherson City Commission met Monday morning for its regular meeting. Here is what you need to know:
1. Police Chief Robert McClarty presented the resignation of Executive Sgt. MO Hawkinson, effective Aug. 11. Hawkinson’s resignation letter states that she plans to find a position that is better suited to her family’s needs.
“I appreciate so much all I have learned during my career in law enforcement,” Hawkinson wrote in the letter. “This was not an easy decision to make…Thank you for the many opportunities for growth you provided to me.”
2. Commissioners discussed several complaints received from several residents in the 1400 block North High Drive about vehicles traveling above the posted 20 miles-per-hour speed limit, and as some of these families have young children playing in the front yards. The McPherson Police Department has begun selective traffic enforcement in this area.
In conjunction with this, the McPherson Public Works Department will do a speed study to show the times and speeds of vehicles traveling in this area.
3. The Public Works department received a request from a resident to put a stop sign at Third and Walnut Streets for west-bound traffic and also no parking on Walnut Street.
Department staff agree and the commission approved the installation of stop signs at the intersections of Third, Fourth and Fifth Streets on Walnut Street, and replacing the yield sign at Dover and Walnut Streets with a stop sign.
Parking will also be prohibited on one side of Walnut Street.
4. The McPherson Convention & Visitors Bureau requested the purchase of 12, 72-inch round tables, 10 bistro-size tables and one table rack for use at class reunion events and other activities. The purchase was approved not to exceed $2,952.53.
5. Commissioners approved a 2.5 increase in the Municipal Center and Municipal Court janitorial services contracts through Dec. 31, 2017, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017. They also approved another 2.5 percent increase for 2018 for an amount not to exceed $1,640.00 for the Municipal Center and $360 for Municipal Court per month.
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