McPherson City Commission met Monday morning for regular session and here is what you need to know:
This week the city of McPherson will honor local law enforcement with Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into Law, designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. The law, amended by President Bill Clinton in 1994, directed the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff, on all government buildings on May 15, in recognition of those peace officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Each year our Nation loses between 150-170 law enforcement officers in the line of duty, and 2018 was no different, with 163 sworn law enforcement officers fallen.
A ceremony will be held May 14, at 7 p.m. at the McPherson Free Methodist Church, at 1010 S. Maple St. In addition, Mayor Tom Brown signed a proclamation naming the week of May 12 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Commissioners approved a conditional job offer to Brady Winkler as a police officer, pending successful completion of additional testing, beginning May 20 and a conditional job offer to Alaina Diggs as a Temporary Animal Shelter Technician, pending successful completion of additional testing, beginning June 3.
The commission approved a motion to authorize abatement of trash and debris at 707 W. Kansas Avenue, if the nuisance remains after expiration of the extension granted to the property owner for clean up. They also approved the estimate from Salina Junk Hauling and Removal for clean up of the trash and debris for an amount not to exceed $2,500 and the billing of the property owner for this amount plus an administrative fee.
Planning and Zoning
Tom Stinemetze was appointed to the City of McPherson Board of Zoning Appeals, for a three year term, with an effective date of May 1.
Stinemetze, a resident of McPherson, who has served as the City of McPherson Zoning, Subdivision, and Floodplain Administrator for approximately 30 years. Stinemetze has met with Commissioner Larry Weins and has voiced his interest in volunteering to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Stinemetze will be sworn in at the next Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on May 23.
Commissioners approved the street patching in front of 104 W. Avenue C for a cost not to exceed $1,510.30 for materials only.
Board of Public Utilities
A motion was approved to reappoint Rodger Swanson to the McPherson BPU Board for a three-year term beginning June 1.