The McPherson City Commission met Monday for a regular meeting, and here’s what you need to know:
1 Commissioners approved the event request to hold the McPherson County Round Up 5K from 8 to 10 a.m. on April 21. The race will begin and end at McPherson High School.
The event, hosted by the McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, is in its second year and serves as a fundraiser for scholarships awarded to McPherson County students pursuing education in an agricultural or related field. The Agriculture Committee partners with the Agriculture Future of America to support the scholarship program. Since 1996, AFA’s partnerships have awarded more than $9 million in academic scholarship, provided leadership training to nearly 13,000 students and young professionals.
In McPherson County, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee has invested nearly $60,000 by providing 23 scholarships and $13,000 has been awarded to 13 students for the leadership conference tuition. The AFA Leaders and Academic scholarship is $4,200, consisting of a $3,200 academic scholarship and $1,000 to sponsor the McPherson County recipient to the AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City in November of the scholarship year.
More information about the scholarship program is available at www.agfuture.org/scholarships.
2 Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 3263, which adds a section to the city code pertaining to cost recovery for response to hazardous material spills.
The McPherson Fire Department regularly responds to hazardous material spills and the cost for mediating these spills can be significant. This ordinance adds a section to the city code that outlines who the responsible party is in any given spill, and that the party responsible for the spill should cover the costs of cleaning it up.
3 Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 3264, which creates a city code pertaining to grease management.
The city has been working on a grease management program ordinance for some time. The objective of this ordinance is to bring awareness to best management practices and sets requirements for grease operating permits, as well as rates, fees and other necessary charges within the program.
The city has hosted four public meetings and have sent letters to food services providers. They received a great deal of public input and have made adjustments to the proposed ordinance. The process will address the issue of reducing the amount of grease deposited into the public wastewater systems, but still not be overly burdensome to the general public.
Fees will be implemented beginning March 1, 2018.
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