The McPherson City Commission met Tuesday for a regular meeting, and here’s what you need to know: 

1. Commissioners recognized the McPherson Fire Department for receiving a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2016 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual.

The award was announced by H. Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation, last week.

2. Commissars adopted a resolution determining the advisability of making certain improvements to the Premier Subdivision, located south of Avenue A.

The city received a valid petition from Nick Vontz of Premier Development, LLC. to create a benefit district for improvements to the Premier Subdivision and passed a resolution formally accepting the petition and moving forward with authorization of the internal improvements and infrastructure to the subdivision.

The resolution commits Premier Development, LLC to both participating in the Premier Subdivision street, sanitary sewer, and drainage improvements and commits them to certain shared portions of the Barnstormers West Field Addition improvements authorized in July. Bids have already been opened for this project.

Before moving forward in accepting all bids for the project, the city of McPherson will need to secure 35 percent cash commitments from the developers of Barnstormers West Field Addition and Premier Subdivision, which they anticipate receiving soon.

3. Commissioners approved a new job description and pay scale for the city building inspector and gave permission to start the hiring process. The previous building inspector, Brian Doherty, resigned Sept. 19.

4. Commissioners approved a cereal malt beverage license for Starlite Lanes of McPherson for consumption on the premises. The license is effective Sept. 19, 2017 through Sept. 18, 2018.

5. Commissioners approved the annual Life Chain event to take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Linnea Park. During the event, attendees will begin with a short time of worship, then will display pro-life signs along Kansas Avenue.

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