"This will afford us the opportunity to get in front of the businesses we know would benefit from being in McPherson."

McPherson City Commissioners met in regular session Monday morning, during which they approved a motion for payment to the McPherson Industrial Development Corporation for $25,000 for the McPherson Community Marketing Initiative. McPherson Board of Public Utilities, McPherson County and MIDC will also contribute to the overall cost of $77,500. The goal of the initiative is to recruit more businesses to McPherson.

"This will afford us the opportunity to get in front of the businesses we know would benefit from being in McPherson," said MIDC Executive Director Kasi Morales.

Board of Public Utilities

The cold weather is having an impact on water main breaks, as BPU had to handle one last week so far. The water main was scheduled to be fixed by Monday afternoon.

BPU hit a peak generation day last week with a total of 1,331 megawatt hours, compared to the peak day of the summer at 710 megawatt hours.

BPU General Manager Tim Maier said it was likely due to wind and lack of wind activity.

Convention & Visitors Bureau

Commissioners approved two sports grants, both for $750. One went to the Mid America Classic Girls Basketball Tournament to be held Jan. 26, 27, and 28 at McPherson High School. The other is for the 53rd Annual McPherson Boys Basketball Invitational to be held Jan. 19, 20 and 21 at the high school.

A motion was also approved to pay for Katie Bomberger to attend the two-day InDesign Training in Shawnee Thursday and Friday for $1,020.20.

Fire Department

A motion was approved to enter into an agreement with Blue Valley Public Services to provide maintenance on storm sirens. The cost is $6,840.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of firefighter Dave Auman. His resignation will be effective Friday.

Police Department

Commissioners approved the clothing allowance for the McPherson Police Department and McPherson Animal Services for $7,765 and $360.

A motion was approved to purchase body armor for 12 officers at a cost not to exceed $11,915.39 from Southern Uniform and Equipment.

Commissioners approved the budgeted travel and training expenses of $17,500 for the police department for 2017.

A motion was approved for the purchase of the three police vehicles and two light bars at a cost of $76,781.

Park Department

Commissioners approved a motion to accept the Kleinsore Construction quote for the remodel of the Girl Scout Cabin restroom at Lakeside Park. The work will make the restroom ADA accessible. The cost is estimated at $11,650.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a new Grasshopper mower from Hometown Tire & Turf in McPherson for $9,002.25.

Community Development

The Planning Commission held its regular meeting Jan. 3, at which the McPherson Concrete Preliminary Plat was approved. The final plat will appear on Feb. 7.

The Plaza East Addition Amended 2016 Final Planned Unit Development Plan and Plat received a recommendation of approval to be forwarded to the McPherson City Commission for final approval.

The Best Western Plus item was continued to the Feb. 7 Planning Commission agenda awaiting further drainage information.

Bill Parker has resigned from the Planning Commission.

"Bill Parker's resignation came as somewhat of a surprise," Mayor Tom Brown said. "We thank him for his years of service."

Public Works

Commissioners designated Seith Snow as interim planning and zoning administrator, interim subdivision administrator, and interim floodplain administrator starting Thursday.

"With the resignation of Pam Cherry, we need to designate someone as the interim planning and zoning administrator, interim subdivision administrator, and interim floodplain administrator," Public Works Director Jeff Woodward said.

A motion was approved for the purchase of fencing parts from Wichita Fence Company to move the McPherson Street Department gate for $1,505.82.

"We need to move the gate from its present location to the east. Moving the gate will allow vehicles to get completely off the street while the gate opens," Woodward said. "It will also allow us to install a high range reader that will scan equipment as it enters the yard."

Commissioners approved the purchase of four totes of Cationic Polymer from Fort Bend Services, for $13,616.

A motion was approved for the 2017 time sensitive farming operations for $20,000.