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County Commission Approves Correction to 2019 Special Use Permit, Mark Hoppes Appointed Treasurer of Empire Township


By Lucky Kidd


McPHERSON, Kan.  — The McPherson County Commission Monday approved a correction to a 2019 special use permit for a tractor and trailer storage yard south of the Crossroads Assembly Church, between 14th and Old Highway 81. Planning and Zoning Administrator Jon Kinsey said this is to correct a clerical error on the original resolution which listed a campground as the allowed use rather than what was actually approved.

Because of the nature of the error, Planning and Zoning will pick up the cost of filing the revised permit with the Register of Deeds.

Commissioners approved two items connected with a bridge replacement on Pioneer Road west of 27th Avenue. A bid from McPherson Concrete Companies for $14,195 was approved for concrete blocks of assorted sizes for retaining walls, and from AF Welding and Manufacturing of Inman for flat steel to be used on the headwall and connection of the rail tank cars that will be used to replace an existing and currently closed crossing.

AF Welding’s $5,327.30 bid was not the low bid of three received but they were awarded it based on local preference policies. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is sharing costs on the project, which leads into part of Maxwell Wildlife Refuge.

Commissioners approved the year end outcome reports for Harvey/McPherson County Community Corrections. McPherson County Commissioners have the oversight for Community Corrections as the designated home county for the program.

It also approved personnel change notices related to on-call juvenile intake personnel reflecting a ten percent pay raise which is budgeted. Director Tim Gadde said they are currently down to one intake worker in McPherson County. Later in the meeting Commissioners also approved a four percent cost of living increase for county employees.

Commissioners also appointed Mark Hoppes treasurer of Empire Township. Hoppes was recommended by the other two township board members to fill the remainder of the term of Arlyn Nightingale, whose resignation from the position takes effect Saturday.