McPherson Police Department Lt. Mikel Golden was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of Police at the city commission meeting on Monday, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of former Assistant Chief Michael Terry.

Golden, an eight-year Navy veteran who has been with the McPherson Police Department since 2006, was unanimously approved by the commission members.

McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty remarked that Golden is one of the next generation of leaders in law enforcement.

Golden earned bachelor’s degrees in organizational leadership and criminal justice from Central Christian College of Kansas. He spent six years on the Drug Task Force and is the assistant team leader of the Emergency Response Team.

“I am excited to serve the McPherson community and assist Chief McClarty with leading the McPherson Police Department,” Golden said. “I have very big shoes to fill and I will do my best to take care of the McPherson Police Department officers.”

In other business, the city commission heard from City Forester Kody Kraemer, who noted Lincoln Elementary School student Cora Pavlovich won the Arbor Day poster contest.

The fifth grader received a $25 Chamber Check and will have her framed poster displayed at the municipal building. It will also be entered into the Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest. Kraemer also noted McPherson has been named a Tree City USA for the 40th year.

— Approved a proclamation declaring April 27 as Arbor Day in McPherson.

— Approved a request for the 2018 Senior Parade to be held from 7 to 9 a.m. May 17 beginning at Genesis Health Club and ending at McPherson High School.

— Approved a proclamation declaring May 3 as the National Day of Prayer.

— Heard a quarterly sales report from McPherson Board of Public Utilities General Manager Tim Maier.

— Approved a $1,000 event grant for the Great Plains Nature Photographers’ 20th annual gathering for Nov. 9-10 at the McPherson Opera House.

— Approved an updated job description for the school resource

— Approved a payment of $1,127 to Karstetter and Bina, LLC for work on appeal case.

— Approved change orders for Wall Park Tennis Courts Project with Renner Sports, striping six quickstart courts, installing a 10 by 20 foot backboard and 6-foot tall windscreens for an $16,200 and changing the fence height on the quickstart courts and the six courts for a decrease of $4,058.

— Approved a purchase of mulch for $363.64 per ton delivered from Gard’N Wise Distributors. McPherson Public Lands and Facilities Director Wayne Burns noted the department uses approximately 11 tons of mulch each year.

— Approved an additional $26.28 for tractor repair parts, bringing the total cost to $2201.75.

— Approved an additional $7.83 for repair parts for irrigation pumps and motors at Turkey Creek Golf Course for a total of $38131.17.

— Approved conditional job offers for seasonal employment to Jace Kinnamon, Emily Davis, Bailey Unruh, Grace Bruton and Mason Thrash.

— Approved the Safe Routes to Schools agreement with Kansas Department of Transportation, which will improve sidewalks, signing and striping around Roosevelt Elementary School. The city is responsible for 20 percent of the project’s cost up to $465,316 and 100 percent of any additional costs, including the design, utility relocations and purchase of any permanent and temporary easements that are necessary. 

— Approved the purchase of pump elements for two progressive sludge pumps from Netzsch Pumps North America, LLC, at a maximum of $30,000.

— Approved a request from Kansas Department of Children and Families to install a drop box on the exterior of their building at 115 E. Euclid, providing they receive approval from building’s owner.

— Approved change orders for the Barnstormers/Premier subdivisions with Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC, to adjust final quantities for sanitary sewer and storm water items for $3,727.66 and to add reinforcing steel to the alley pavement for $3,969.60.

— Heard an update on North Front Street Project and the Avenue A/Centennial Drive sidewalk.

— Approved a request from KV Enterprises to rezone 505 N. Cedar St from multiple-family residential to light industrial.

— Approved a motion to release a request for proposals for a classification and comprehensive compensation study.

— Approved wage changes for park seasonal workers and Assistant Chief of Police Mikel Golden.

— Approved $5,000 bonds for CMS Mechanical Services, E & M Plumbing, Inc., and A W Mechanical.