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

1 The commission addressed several items pertaining to the McPherson Community Building renovation project.

There is need for a change to scope of the design for the project and historic tax credit submittal process. The cost of changes approved are not to exceed $81,500 and includes much of the historic design work and historic tax credit application preparation.

The Community Building Renovation Task Force will be meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on March 14 in the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation Gathering Room, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., to discuss progress and provide guidance on building finishes. As all members of the commission will be present, this will be considered an open, public meeting.

Immediately following the meeting on March 14 will be an owners meeting between the contractor Hutton Construction, the governing body and the Construction Oversight Committee at the McPherson Municipal Center located at 400 E. Kansas Ave. The meeting will start following arrival back at the McPherson Municipal Center in the East Board Room and will last approximately one hour. This meeting is also considered a public meeting.

2 Commissioners accepted a bid from RM Construction for reconstruction of the sidewalks at 701 W. Marlin Street and 805 W. Marlin Street for a total amount not to exceed $4,400 and assess the respective amounts to the properties.

On Dec. 27, 2017, the City Commission approved the bids from RM Construction for these sidewalks, but the work is being completed in 2018 rather than 2017.

Both home owners have been advised that the cost will be attached to their property taxes. 

3 There will be a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on March 12 in the Commission Room, 400 E. Kansas, for the Hulse Area Drainage project. Letters will be mailed out to all adjacent property owners and tenants and everyone is welcome. If you are unable to attend this meeting, contact Jeff Woodward at 620-245-2545 or jeffw@mcpcity.com. 

4 City commissioners met with students at McPherson High School in an idea exchange about quality of life in McPherson. Representatives from the high school student government attended the public meeting.

A similar meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. April 27 with McPherson Middle School student government representatives.

Because all three members of the city commission will be present, this will be considered a public meeting.

5 Commissioners approved a number of McPherson Main Street events for 2018.

Events include Shop the Night Away from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 13, Burnin' Down Main/Touch A Truck at the Plaza from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 6, Trick or Treat Main Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 and the Snowball Drop at the Plaza from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 1. 

Contact Cheyenne Derksen Schroeder by email at cderksen@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her on Twitter at @MacSentinel.