The McPherson City Commission held its regular meeting Monday morning and here is what you need to know:

 

Liquor sales

As a result of the March 12 special election city of McPherson officials drafted and reviewed various ordinances to allow Sunday liquor sales within city limits. According to the commission “The combined effect of these ordinances changes the allowance for Sunday Liquor Sales from Noon to 8 p.m. to include allowances for the following consumption licenses: CMB Licenses (Beer 3.2 percent alcohol content and below), General Retail Enhanced CMB (Beer under 6 percent in alcohol in content), Limited Retail Enhance CMB (Beer under 6 percent in alcohol in content), Retail Alcoholic Beverage Licenses, and Special Event Permits. If the respective ordinances are passed, we anticipate publication of all ordinances on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Upon publication, all ordinances go into effect. This would make CMB Sales and Alcoholic Retail Sales License Holders eligible for Sunday sales on March 31, 2019. Sale of Enhanced CMB on Sundays could begin on April 7, 2019, after enhanced CMB sales takes effect on April 1, 2019.”

 

MIDC Report

Current Laborforce Information McPherson County as of February 2019:

Civilian Labor Force - 16,619 

Employment -16,204 

Unemployment - 415 

Unemployment - Rate 2.5 percent

Labor Statistics of McPherson Area Labor shed as of February 2019 to include McPherson, Harvey, Marion, Reno, Rice, Saline and Sedgwick Counties:

Civilian Labor Force - 353,358 

Employment - 339,511 

Unemployment - 13,847 

Unemployment Rate - 3.9 percent

An upcoming Lunch and Learn: Kansas Global will be held May 1. CEO of Kansas Global Karyn Page will update our manufacturers on factors effecting international trade. 

Chemstar Inc. resumed production activity about 10 days after an explosion on Jan. 10 caused an estimated $2 million in damage. The company is optimistic about their future and has a strong focus on safety.

McPherson had the opportunity to host soldiers on March 8. Sixteen soldiers toured three of  businesses and met with six others during a networking lunch to include Bradbury, CertainTeed, DI Manufacturing, Ferguson, Grain Craft, Johns Manville, Milicron, Pfizer and Viega. The target date for the next military event will be in June or July directed at Fort Riley and McConnell Air Force Base.

 

Grant approval

The following sports and event grants were approved in the amount of $4,167.60 total:

A $400 sports grant for the McPherson Area Cyclists for the Mowbray Metric bicycle weekend July 20 and  21.

A $750 sports grant for the United Way of McPherson County for the annual McPherson County United Way Triathlon on Aug. 3.

A $100 sports grant for the McPherson Housing Coalition for the BAMFAM event on May 18.

A $1,917.60 event grant for the McPherson Museum for entertainment for the “What the Freak” event  at the McPherson Museum on April 1.

A $750 sports grant for the MAYB Basketball Tournament on July 6 and 7.

A $250 sports grant for the McPherson College Summer League High School Basketball Program beginning May 27 and ending July 1.

 

Fire department

The McPherson Fire Department has a deputy chief position currently vacant and the commission approved the department to seek candidates to fill the position. 

The position fall under the supervision of the fire chief and is an exempt position under FLSA. Protecting the lives and property of the citizens of McPherson is the primary goal of this position. This employee will supervise and assume command of subordinate personnel at emergency activities, including fire suppression, rescue, and hazardous materials responses. This position assists the fire chief in the daily management of the department and directly supervises the captains, and in their absence is responsible for their assignments getting done. This employee will assume the role of fire chief in his absence. This person should be able to remain poised and make critical decisions under difficult and hazardous circumstances and should possess excellent communication, supervisory, organizational, and public relation skills; as well as a thorough knowledge of ICS. The pay range is $64,900 to $74,700 based on experience and credentials. 

 

Animal control

Commissioners accepted the resignation of Animal Control Officer Teresa Tatro, effective March 30 and approved the McPherson Police Department to fill the vacant position.

 

Public works

With a winter worse than it has been in several years, potholes are plentiful. To date, we have spent 113 man-hours filling potholes and have used 17.5 tons of patching material, in comparison to last year’s  33 tons of material and 488 man-hours.

“We appreciate residents calling the Public Works Department to report bad ones,” said Public Works Director Jeff Woodward. “It goes without saying that by the end of the year, we will far exceed last years totals.”

Some dirt work has been accomplished on the Barnstormers-Premier Subdivisions Project. The contractor is trying to schedule the completion of the seeding, rework of a settled portion of sidewalk and correction of a bad concrete pavement joint.

Construction is now underway on the Eagle’s Wings Unit Two, Phase I and Phase II Construction Project. 

On the south portion, which is being developed by Disability Supports and called Phase 1: The construction entrance is installed and part of Sonora Drive has been cut to grade. Sanitary sewer work is started. They are installing sewer main from the tie-in manhole to the south.

Phase II, or the north portion, West First Investments, the rock construction entrance has been installed. The contractor is cutting Mackenzie Court to street grade. Equipment and materials for the waterline are in the process of being delivered to the site.