"It's been a well maintained property, but we're looking to reposition it for the next 30 years."

McPherson city commissioners approved Resolution No. 2017-02 at Monday's regular commission meeting. The resolution supports an application by Volunteers of America for a tax credit for Edinburgh Apartments located at 120 Oak Park Drive.

"It's been a well maintained property, but we're looking to reposition it for the next 30 years," National Affordable Housing Trust representative Brian Reilly said.

VOA plans to renovate the 27-year old Edinburgh Apartments and recapitalize its ownership utilizing 9 percent low-income housing tax credits.

The rehabilitation will include replacing flooring, appliances, cabinets, countertops, doors, plumbing fixtures, installation of new wireless call system and critical ADA unit upgrades.

In addition, common areas will be renovated with new kitchen counters, lighting, office space for a service coordinator, and renovated restrooms. Laundry facilities will receive Energy Star appliances and new flooring. Outside work will include sidewalk repairs, new trash enclosure, added ADA ramps, and potential for new outdoor amenities. The building exterior will receive new storm doors, lighting and soffits.

Board of Public Utilities

BPU General Manager Tim Maier said once a year the utility adjusts the interest rate for security deposits when customers apply for new service, and it usually follows the Kansas Corporation Commission rates. This year it will go up from 0.51 to 0.82 percent.

Event though most of McPherson County made it thought the ice storm, McPherson BPU sent crews to Larned to help out. Crews were there from Tuesday through Friday and are home now.

Fire Department

Commissioners approved a request to pay Conrad Fire for five sets of bunker gear for $11,000. This is a budgeted item.

“The thought process is if we buy a couple sets a year, then when the gear goes out, we won't have to buy a lot at one time,” McPherson Fire Department Chief Jeff Deal said.

Public Lands and Facilities

Director of Public Lands and Facilities Wayne Burns brought multiple supply and funding requests to the city commission, which were approved. The first was for Turkey Creek Golf Course annual chemical needs that will be purchased for $25,174 from Helena Chemical, Florantine, Van Diest and Winfield Solutions. The cost of the chemicals for 2017 is the same as in 2016.

Midwest Turf will perform the annual aerification of the Turkey Creek Golf Course for $6,500. This will include two aerifications per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

The annual mulch supply for parks, golf course and courthouse flower beds will be purchased from Gard 'N' Wise for the cost of $5,800.

Approximately 16 tons of mulch are used annually, and the cost of the mulch is $363.63 per ton. The cost for the amount used at the courthouse is reimbursed by the county.

Two 26-foot 2017 trailers will be purchased from Custom Trailer Sales Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for $8,380. The trailers will be used by staff for various park department operations.

The annual purchase of drive range balls for the golf course will come from C and H of St. Joseph, Missouri for $2,000.

Commissioners approved the submission of a permit application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The cost of submitting the permit is usually $100, but all government agencies are exempt from that fee.

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues Federal Migratory Bird Depredation Permits to individuals and entities for lethal take of migratory birds when conditions warrant. This take can include any migratory birds except for eagles and threatened and endangered species. These permits designate the species, methods, and the number of birds that may be taken, and are only valid for the individuals named on the permits, permit locations, and dates of the permit. Applicants who apply for a Migratory Bird Depredation Permit must apply to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office," Burns said.

Public Works

Commissioners approved the purchase of Wika Model LS-10 Pressure Transducers from Integrated Control in Olathe for $1,400.

"We had the Pressure Transducers go out in one of the four basins. We typically have one in stock for replacement purposes. However, with a price increase in the second quarter of 2017, we would like to purchase two for stock," Public Works Director Jeff Woodward explained.

The gate opener at the Street Department has failed and repair parts are not available because the opener is obsolete, so an Elite Slide Gate Opener for the east gate into the street department will be purchased for $2,000 from Gatemotors.net.

Commissioners approved the sidewalk maintenance program for another year at a cost of $15,000.

"The program has been a successful way to eliminate trip hazards and improve sidewalks for the general public without the individual property owners having to bear he entire expense," Woodward said.

Construction will take place on two ADA ramps, 40 feet of curb and street patch at the intersection of Sonora and Oak Park for a cost of $2,798.24 for materials only. A large void was discovered under the pavement at the intersection.

The department will replace two school beacon Winkomatic units at Kansas and East Lakeside and Main and First Streets. The two existing units are mounted on light poles and are out of compliance, and the new units will be more visible and less expensive to operate. They will be purchased from Gades Sales out of Wichita, for a cost of $1,200.