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McPherson Commission Approves Drainage Improvements, Cost of Living Increase for City Employees

– The first step towards drainage improvements affecting two properties in McPherson was taken by City Commissioners Tuesday as they approved a contract with Garber Surveying Services to draw up plans for the project.

A plugged or collapsed drainage pipe under the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks between Kansas and Marlin is causing water to pond between a business in the 400 block of West Kansas and an apartment building to the north on West Marlin. The plan is to extend an existing drainage pipe on Kansas north to a ditch between the railroad and Marlin Street property in Union Pacific railroad right of way, which a railroad official didn’t think would be a problem.

Commissioners also approved a $20,000 incentive payment for the owner of a new home being built on East Lake Drive through a Moderate-Income Housing Grant. This is the first of five anticipated homes to be built through the grant.

Applications for the grants are still being accepted, information is available on the city’s web site, 


The go-ahead was given for payment of just over $148,000 to the McPherson Airport and McPherson Recreation Commission for building and roof repairs related to a May 2021 hail and wind storm. This payment comes from insurance proceeds the city has received to date.

An approximate three percent cost of living increase for city employees was approved. The increase, which will show up on employee’s next paycheck, is approximate in that it was rounded off to the nearest two decimals. City Commissioners will not be getting the cost-of-living increase.

The Commission authorized signing of agreements with the Kansas State High School Activities Association to host state boys golf championships at Turkey Creek Golf Course. This would include the 5A tournament in 2023, the 4A tournament in 2024, and the 1A tournament in 2025. Turkey Creek is also hosting a girl’s regional tournament in the fall.

A waiver of permit fees for a foundation repair project at the McPherson Public Library was green lighted. This project will involve placing of helical piers on the west side of the library building.

Construction on the project will begin after All Schools Day, with dirt for the project to be stored in the parking areas on the south and west sides of the library and possibly on the south end of the parking lot north of the library.