McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty released the statistics for the police and animal control departments in 2016 at the McPherson city commission meeting Monday.

McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty released the statistics for the police and animal control departments in 2016 at the McPherson city commission meeting Monday.

According to reports from McPherson County Emergency Communications, the city police department was assigned 16,942 calls for service.

"These numbers are purely speculative data, due to a switch over to a new Computer Aided Dispatching system," McClarty explained.

The reports do reflect a decent difference in calls from last year, indicating a decrease of 3,131 calls for the agency.

"I question if there is an actual decrease as indicated, simply because of the increase in the number of reports taken by McPherson police officers," McClarty said. "However, the statistical difference for 2015-2016 is possibly explained by the constraints within the data management of the new CAD System, or possibly the types of radio traffic statistically retained, self initiated activity due to fewer officers on the street."

Emergency Communications Director for McPherson County, Julie McClure, has already begun to examine and determine the best statistical data retention methods for 2017 and how it will be reported.

Some of the decreases in numbers can be attributed to a shortage of officers.

"At one point we were nine and then 10 officers short on the street," McClarty explained.

Animal services numbers remain steady. In 2016 there were 249 animals impounded as opposed to 207 in 2015, an increase of 42 animals. Adoptions from the shelter have also declined with 53 adopted in 2016 and 68 in 2015.

Public Lands and Facilities Departmental Matters

Commissioners approved a request by Director of Public Lands and Facilities Wayne Burns to purchase a 2017 Ford F250 Crew Cab from Midway Motors for $25,972.

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals will continue all business from the Jan. 26 meeting to the Feb. 23 meeting due to no quorum and the applicants not showing up. This may have happened due to proper notice not being mailed out. Proper notice for the Feb. 23 meeting has been sent out.

Public Works

The commission approved a request made by Public Works Director Jeff Woodward to purchase five blade systems for snow plow trucks from Winter Equipment in Willoughby, Ohio, for $2,400.

"We need to purchase blade systems for stock inventory for the snow plow trucks," Woodward said. "We get a price break for ordering quantity."

With the nice weather, the base lift of asphalt was completed last week on the Centennial Drive widening project, while the second crew came in and started working on the Centennial Drive sewer project. They have set seven manholes and have installed approximately 1,700 feet of sewer line. The bore and casing under First Street is also complete.

Administrative Report

Commissioners voted to fund $10,000 in 2017 to outpatient services for the Central Kansas Foundation.

"Requests should be made on a per patient basis for those residents living in the city limits of McPherson," City Administrator Nick Gregory said. "Only those expenses not covered by insurance or other reimbursement should be submitted to the city of McPherson on a per case basis."

In addition, PrairieView will receive $10,000 in 2017 with $2,000 being made available for future technology improvements to help with individual’s personal drug and alcohol prevention technology.

The remaining $8,000 will go to assisting with payment for uninsured or otherwise uncovered portions of drug and alcohol counseling cost for McPherson residents.