The McPherson City Commission met for a regular meeting on Monday and here's what you need to know:
1 The city of McPherson received word from the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Governor's office that McPherson has been awarded it's second $300,000 Community Development Block Grant Housing Grant. McPherson was tied with Ellsworth for the second-highest rated project.
The details of the grant are as follows:
— 11 home rehabilitations including 6 rental units and 5 owner occupied properties in the proposed target area: Hulse Street to Main Street to First Street and to Barber Street.
— Two demolitions Citywide
— Total grant request $300,000
— Total local match for the grant is $82,500 which includes:
— Local landlord matches
— Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program Matching Funds
— Waiver of building permit and demolition fees for all selected homes
— Local City matching cash: $3,500 to pay for administration and legal publication fees
2 McPherson Police Chief Robert McClarty gave commissioners a summary report of department activities in 2017.
Through the year, McPherson County Emergency Communications assigned 18,040 calls for service to the police, which is an increase of 1,098 calls from 2016.
Officers also saw an increase of case reports to 2,578 cases, 272 of which were traffic collision reports.
Officers issued 2,151 citations, which reflected 2,681 total traffic offenses. These are nearly double the number of citations issued in 2016. This increase is believed to be the result of the department filling its patrol officer vacancies experienced last year.
There were 48 felony arrests and 532 misdemeanor arrests in 2017, an increase from 33 and 465, respectively, in 2016.
Concerning officer-involved incidents: officers were battered two times in 2017, three times in 2016, and one officer was assaulted in 2017, the same as 2016.
For 2017, the department is looking to fill two police officer positions and one school crossing guard position.
Commissioners approved the court-ordered distribution of civil forfeiture funds totaling $13,633, received in connection with the two police department narcotics cases in 2017. The statutory court-ordered distribution includes 15 percent, $2,044.95, paid to the County Attorney’s Office, and 50 percent, $5,794.03, of the remaining funds will be paid to the Sheriff’s Office, and the remaining $5,794.02 will be retained as the City Police Department portion of the forfeiture.
3 The city will host two public meetings concerning the Grease Management Program on Jan. 25, one at 3 p.m. and one at 6 p.m., in the commission room at 400 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson.
Earlier this week, the city sent out letters, a permit application, and a copy of the draft ordinance, which has now been adopted, to all entities listed on the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Lodging program as a Risk Level 1 or a Risk Level II.
If anyone has any questions regarding the Grease Management Program or on filling out the application, they may attend either or both of the public meetings, or contact the Public Works Department.
4 Commissioners approved the supplemental agreement reflecting the modifications to the Federal Fund Exchange Program.
The public works department received notification that the Kansas Department of Transportation has not yet received the city's full allotment of federal funds for Federal Fiscal Year 2018. They have sent out this supplemental agreement with anticipation of the distribution being made as soon as they are available. KDOT is hopeful that this will expedite the process.
The Supplemental Agreement states that the city wants to exchange all federal funds available to the city for state funds. It takes the option of banking funds out and it also does not specify the exchange rate. In past years the exchange rate has been $0.90 on the dollar. From earlier talks with KDOT, the new expected exchange rate will be $0.75 to $1. The supplemental agreement has been approved by the McPherson City Attorney.
Exchanging our Federal funds' allotment for State funds allows the department to spend money on a wider variety of projects with fewer constraints.
Federal Exchange dollars can be spent on projects such as:
— Roadway Construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation
— Pavement Preservation
— Purchase of aggregate
— Safety Improvements
— Installation of erosion protection measures in roadside ditches and around drainage structures.
— Construction or reconstruction of sidewalks, ADA ramps or pedestrian signals
— Replacement of deteriorated curb and gutter
— Storm sewer repairs
— Bridge painting
— Bridge removal
— Construction of low water crossings