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McPherson City Commissioners Approve Amended Resolution for Water System Improvement Bonds

By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio


MCPHERSON, Kan. – McPherson City Commissioners Tuesday approved an amendment to a 2020 resolution of intent to issue water system improvement bonds for several BPU projects, including the south well field project.

When the original resolution was adopted, the projects had a projected cost of just over $27.6 million. Due to a combination of inflation and supply constraints, that figure has swelled to $39.6 million. The amended resolution authorizes the issuance of $43.75 million in water system revenue bonds, including engineering and bond issuance expenses.

As with the prior resolution, this proposal is subject to a 15-day protest following the publication of a legal notice. If at least 20 percent of registered voters were to sign a written protest, a special election would be required to authorize the issuance of the bonds.

Amended City Budget Hearing

A public hearing to amend the City of McPherson’s 2022 budget will be held on December 13th. Amendments to the Library, Library Benefits and Municipal Golf Course budgets are to cover additional expenditures.

Public Works Projects

Commissioners also approved the material purchase for curb replacement, street patching, and driveway approaches for projects in the 400 block of Foxborough Drive and in the 700 block of Penn, as well as a change order on the Wall Park bank restoration project to account for under-runs.

Construction Permits

City Inspector Ryan Rank said just over $1.3 million in construction activity was reported in McPherson during October. 38 building permits were issued, down sharply from 2021, which saw a large number of permits issued due to hail and windstorms earlier in the year. 62 inspections took place last month, also down sharply from last year.

In terms of the number of permits issued year to date, there have been 12 new residential and six new commercial permits, each up one from 2021. 58 residential and 17 commercial addition and remodeling permits have been issued, up sharply from last year. Overall, 448 building permits were issued in the first ten months of 2022, down 59 percent from a year ago.