McPherson City Commission meetings moving to Tuesdays

 

By Jessie Wagoner

 

McPHERSON—The McPherson City Commission will soon begin meeting on Tuesday mornings. The commission approved the change during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday morning. 

City Administrator Nick Gregory explained that after significant discussion between staff and commissioners, it was recommended to move the city commission meetings from Mondays to Tuesdays. 

“We request that this change with the first scheduled meeting that would normally fall on Monday, Feb. 28, but will instead be held on Tuesday, March 1,” Gregory said. “In subsequent weeks and months to follow, commission meetings will be held on Tuesday mornings. The location will not change, as meetings will be located generally at 400 W. Kansas and be held in the city commission room.”

The American Red Cross has reached out to city to inquire about hosting a Community Blood Drive at the Community Building in July. It would be a two-day drive on July 14 and 15. It was requested that the fee for using the Community Building be waived. 

“In order to do that, we would need to waive the applicable rental fees to host it,” Nick McQueen said. “We are doing this early, as they have a new coordinator trying to get their plans made early. We can do this as of right now with no interference with anything else we already have scheduled this summer. Anyone willing to donate during the drive can go to redcrossblood.org to register.” 

The commission approved the request to waive associated fees. 

The commission accepted the retirement of Captain Wade Hall from the McPherson Fire Department effective Feb. 20, 2022.

“Wade started with the City of McPherson on Nov. 20, 1997, as a paid call, then became a career firefighter on June 20, 1999,” Fire Chief TJ Wyssmann said. “We want to extend our appreciation of Captain Hall for his 23 years of service and wish him the best with his future plans.”

The commission approved a request to promote Nick McQueen from the position of Community Building Supervisor to the joint position of Community Building Supervisor and Community Information Officer. 

“Nick’s vast experience in the area of media, marketing and journalism makes him ideal for this position,” City Administrator Nick Gregory said. “Nick has done a tremendous job filling in on a temporary basis for many of the Community Information Coordinator duties since the position was last vacated. Balancing both management of the Community Building and marketing and promotions for the City of McPherson will be a challenge, but he will be receiving assistance on the Community Building side with the addition of the CVB/Community Building Assistant that was recently approved and advertised.” 

In other business the commission:

  • approved purchase requests from the McPherson Police Department.
  • approved payment of the League of Kansas Municipalities 2022 membership dues.
  • received an update on road projects.