The McPherson City Commission met Monday for a regular meeting and here’s what you need to know.

1. Commissioners approved request for parade permit for the annual McPherson County Toy Run. The event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Nov. 25, beginning at Walmart and ending at the McPherson American Legion.

This event, sponsored by the American Legion, has been in existence for 30 years. They are requesting approximately 20 cones and 10 barricades to block parking near the Legion for the event.

The Toy Run helps over 700 families yearly in McPherson County and raises over $16,000 annually to purchase the items and gifts necessary for families.

The parade will leave the Walmart parking lot at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25, heading north on Centennial Drive, west on First Street, south on Main Street to Avenue A, west to U.S. Highway 81, north to First Street, east to Main Street, and then south on Main Street to the American Legion.

2. Commissioners granted authorization for McPherson Mayor Tom Brown to sign documents needed for the application for public transportation grant funding.

Annually the various providers of public transportation services in McPherson and the surrounding area are required to make application to Kansas Department of Transportation for inclusion in federal grant funding for the various public transportation programs which are offered through the Kansas Department of Transportation. 

The providers include McPherson County Council on Aging,  Multi-Community Diversified Services,  Disability Supports of the Great Plains, and the city of McPherson through their taxi voucher assistance program. 

Applications for the upcoming fiscal year are due in November. Documents going into the application include a memorandum of agreement between the city and MCCA, a letter from the city authorizing matching funds for the taxi program and letters of support for agencies using the public transportation grant funding.

3. Commissioners approved a change order to the design of Hartup Street from Kansas Avenue to Marlin Street.

With concerns regarding drainage issues on the one block of Hartup Street north of Kansas Avenue, it would be beneficial to add that block to the design underway on Hartup Street. The change order authorizes payment to Earles Engineering in the amount of $15,000 to add this block to the present Hartup Street design. This addition brings the project total to $140,743.

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