The McPherson City Commission met Monday and here is what you need to know:

1. Commissioners approved rehabilitation bids and waved permit fees for the final set of five houses slated to be rehabilitated in the 2016 Community Development Block Grant round. Four contractors submitted bids and each contractor is permitted to rehabilitate two houses in each group cycle.

The following contractors were selected for the rehabilitation on the following homes: DH Home Improvement will do rehabilitation on 215 S. Elm St. for $19,680 and on 321 S. Oak St. for $16,850; New Windows for America will do rehabilitation on 425 S. Tulip St. for $19,100 and on 501 S. Tulip St. for $17,000; and S & A Construction will do rehabilitation on 410 E. Sutherland St. for Rehabilitation revenue on all structures will be funded through a combination of CDBG funds, Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program funds, and landlord shares for rental properties only.

2. Commissioners approved the motion to increase the annual Residential Sidewalk Replacement Program from $15,000 to $20,000. On Jan. 1, the commission approved $15,000 for the sidewalk program. To date, sidewalk requests total $16,710.05.

Originally established in 2012, the Residential Sidewalk Replacement Program is a way to assist McPherson residents in replacing deteriorated sidewalks. The program reimburses property owners for the cost of materials when they replace sidewalks on their properties in order to bring them up to code.

This program is available to property owners who either volunteer to replace sidewalks on their properties or owners who have been cited by the city for noncompliance. Replacements must be approved by the McPherson Public Works Department.

For more information on the sidewalk program contact the City of McPherson Public Works Department at 620-245-2545.

3. Commissioners approved the motion to approve payments to McPherson Board of Public Utilities for an amount not to exceed $38,862.34 for relocating the electrical tee and fire hydrant out of the new cul-de-sac and for moving the trans-closure out of the vision triangle at the intersection of Plaza East Place and Champlin Street. With the transition of the private drive into a public roadway and having existing utilities in that area, the city is responsible for moving the utilities to accommodate the new construction. The city received an estimate of $12,994 to move the fire hydrant out of the new cul-de-sac. The cost to move the electrical tee out of the proposed cul-de-sac is estimated at $17,217.44. Finally, the estimate to move the trans-closure out of the sight triangle at the intersection of Plaza East Place and Champlin Street is $8,650.90. The total cost of the utility relocations is $38,862.34. 

4. Commissioners approved the invoice from the McPherson Board of Public Utilities for an amount not to exceed $5,825.70 for sampling labor and testing of the closed McPherson Landfill. The city of McPherson recently worked with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and McPherson BPU to perform all the sampling and inspection of the closed landfill and landfill cap which must be performed annually on the closed landfill on South Centennial. It was also the 25 year anniversary for testing and all wells had to be sampled this year.

5. Commissioners approved the cereal malt beverage license for Quick Pick, located at 115 W. Kansas Ave., McPherson. The license is for the sale of beverages in original and unopened containers and are not for consumption on the premises.

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