McPherson City Commissioners made a change to the city’s policy on street paving specifications and design standards during its Monday morning meeting.
The new policy states that anyone wanting to make street improvements must make a final application that consists of construction plans and specifications,  a cost estimate and a soils testing report, all to be prepared by a state-licensed engineer.
Previously, developers paid an up-front cost of 50 percent of the project before proceeding to cover those costs.
“Engineering estimates tend to be conservative,” said City Administrator Nick Gregory. “This will allow us to get real costs before moving forward on a project.”
Gregory further said this move codifies what the city has already been doing informally.
In other business:
• Parks Superintendent Paul Katzer received approval from commissioners to spend $1,020 on termite control for two parks buildings, as well as getting approval to renew the city’s contract with ServiceMaster for $1,190 per-month.
• Public Works Director Doug Whitacre received approval to purchase a new handheld Geographic Information System (GIS) device for $11,245. The device will cut back on manpower expenses and can be used for surveying, setting temporary benchmarks and mapping the city’s infrastructure. In order to cut back on costs, the city opted to rent a base station, which is able with the device to be accurate to a centimeter, rather than maintain one itself.
• Commissioners approved spending $1,335 to maintain the city’s contract for firehouse incident reporting and shift management software.
• Commissioners approved moving McPherson Police Officer Mike Mellott to a detective position that monitors Internet crimes against children.