McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal thanked the community for supporting the department's Fill the Boot Campaign over the weekend.

McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal thanked the community for supporting the department's Fill the Boot Campaign over the weekend.

This annual campaign raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which works to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

On Saturday, firefighters stood at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Main Street and collected money in boots from passing drivers. That evening, Hopp's Sno Shack hosted a Back-to-School Bash, with proceeds benefitting the Fill the Bood Campaign.

Deal said this year's campaign raised more than $4,000.

"For the size we are, we probably have the highest per capita success rate in the state with this campaign," Deal said. "I'm proud of the people in McPherson. They're so generous."

Hospital

McPherson Mayor Tom Brown signed a proclamation of appreciation for Dr. Tyler G. Hughes, who has been a doctor in the McPherson area since 1995. Hughes is a graduate of Texas Southwestern Medical School and is a professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, working primarily with medical students. He was nominated in 2009 for the university's highest faculty award, The Rainbow Award, and in 2010 received the school's first Outstanding Preceptor Award.

He has also served as co-director of the rural surgical skills course at Northwestern University and served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons.

This Friday will be celebrated as a day of recognition for Hughes' work. An open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at McPherson Hospital.

Board of Public Utilities

One of the city's power plants is temporarily out of service for repairs to a piece of equipment that failed. Repairs are expected to be completed this week.

McPherson Airport

Cynthia Peterson, manager of the McPherson Airport, informed the commission that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the airport a grant to replace aging runway lights. Peterson said this will improve visibility for pilots attempting to land. The city's portion of the repair cost is $1,492.60.

Public Works

Jeff Woodward, director of McPherson Public Works, told the commissioners that work on Ash Street was mostly completed last week. He said workers were expected to lay the last of the asphalt Monday, and that the street would open today.

The commissioners approved several expenses, including $7,876.51 to repair a loader, an additional $172.68 to repair an overhead door, and $1,105,416.40 to repair the sidewalk on Avenue A from Wall Park to Thunderbird Street, as well as $3,500 for patching and overlay of an alley between Walnut and Maple Street from Elizabeth Street to Kansas Avenue.

Public Lands and Facilities

Wayne Burns, director of Public Lands and Facilities, notified the commissioners that Taylor Werts, assistant golf course superintendent, has submitted his resignation. The department will evaluate the job description and responsibilities before filling that position.

The commissioners approved $1,000 for tee box repairs at the golf course, as well as $48,000 for sand blasting and painting at the McPherson Water Park.