During public input session of the regular McPherson City Commission meeting Monday morning, McPherson Mayor Tom Brown asked that residents keep a family in their prayers after tragedy struck over the weekend.

During public input session of the regular McPherson City Commission meeting Monday morning, McPherson Mayor Tom Brown asked that residents keep a family in their prayers after tragedy struck over the weekend.

"I would ask that you keep the Scott Schwab family in your prayers," Brown said.

Caleb Thomas Schwab, 10, died Sunday afternoon at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

Caleb is the son of Rep. Scott Schwab.

The boy was riding one of the park's main attractions, the Verruckt, a 168-foot tall waterslide.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Kansas lawmaker's family cover funeral expenses, and $15,000 has already been raised. The Schwabs are from Olathe.

The situation is still under investigation. The park was closed Monday, with the ride being closed until further notice.

Authorities conducted an autopsy Monday. It is unclear whether the autopsy results will be publicly released and, if so, when.

Board of Public Utilities

Midland GIS will be doing street lighting and secondary meters. Be aware that they will be on residents’ properties. The worker will have a letter from the BPU office and updates will be online for people to know their whereabouts.

It allows us to better track our equipment and know where the equipment and workers are.

Police Department

Commissioners approved the conditional hiring of William Burgress for the McPherson City Police Department. Burgress is a Salina resident and current Kansas National Guardsman. He is Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center certified.

"I believe he will be an asset to our community," Chief of McPherson Police Department Robert McClarty said.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of equipment for investigators. The equipment will cost $12,000.

Fire Department

The McPherson Fire Department is seeing some turnover recently.

After 26 years of dedicated service to the McPherson Fire Department, Capt. Chris Biehler has tendered his retirement.

"He will be missed, but we will take this much celebration after 26 years," McPherson Fire Department Chief Jeff Deal.

Commissioners approved the hiring of William Turner Jr. to the McPherson Fire Department. He will begin Aug. 15.

In addition to Beihler, Braden Miles and Michael Davies will be resigning as well. Miles will be moving on to the Wichita Fire Department, where he has family. Davies was having difficulty finding housing within the seven miles of the city and found a home for his growing family near the Reno County line.

Both positions are now vacant. Deal will be posting the positions and hopes to interview candidates in the near future.

Public Lands and Facilities

Commissioners approved a request to have Hedlund Electric install electricity to the Lakeside Garden Japanese Garden for $3,000, as well as to have Culver Fish Farm to stock fish in the Lakeside Park waterway for $1,500 for the fishing derby. The variety of fish will be catfish and perch. In addition, commissioners approved the replacement of the split rail fence near the Boy Scout Cabin at Lakeside Park.

Public Works

Commissioners approved the hiring of Chris Huff for the position of operator trainee. Huff is a resident of Moundridge with municipal experience.

"We are excited about this selection and feel he will be a good fit for the street department," Public Works Director Jeff Woodward said.

Work continues to progress on the Ash Street project. The project is ready for geogrid and rock, though workers will be working to pump water out of the site from the rains over the weekend.