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

1 McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau received approval for a number of grant requests.

They were approved for $750 for the Hooper Showcase Baseball Tournament, $300 for the McPherson College Summer League Program, $750 for the McPherson MAYB Basketball Tournament, $1,500 for the Shop the Night Away event, $1,000 for the Burnin' Down Main Cook Off event, $5,000 for the Home for the Holidays Christmas Promotion, $2,000 for the summer Concerts for a Cause Series, and $1,000.00 for the band for the Back to School Bash.

The CVB was also approved to enter into a 2018 contract for the King Midas Band to perform on May 11 for the All Schools Day Celebration for the amount of $1,650.

2 Wayne Burns, Director of Public Lands and Facilities, presented a summary of the City of McPherson Public Lands and Facilities Department Annual Report for 2017.

The department had a noteworthy year, highlighted by receiving $150,000 in donations for the following projects that totaled $566,600.00. Projects included Swan Court fountain repairs, four new USTA junior courts, rebuilt six regulation courts at Wall Park, Rovtary International Garden, which was formerly the Japanese Garden Pond, new shelter at Oak Grove Park, the water park pool was painted, Kids Fishing Derby, Lakeside Cabin was painted, rebuilding Swan Court Bridge planking and the “Get Your Play On” playground replacement program received matching grant and local business donation.

3 The city of McPherson received the Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Grant Agreement between the City of McPherson and the Kansas Department of Commerce this week at a required grant workshop.

In January, the city received word from the Kansas Department of Commerce that McPherson has been awarded its second $300,000 CDBG Housing Grant. The grant includes funds for 11 home rehabilitations, including six rental units and five owner-occupied properties in the proposed target area.

To officially accept the Housing Rehab and Housing Demolition Grant, city officials voted to complete the grant agreement.

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