Johns Manville to build production line in McPherson

By Johns Manville
June 24, 2019

Johns Manville (JM) plans to build a Climate Problowing wool production line in McPherson.

JM will begin construction on the expansion project later this year, pending various governmental approvals, and anticipates the completion in early 2021. 

The Berkshire Hathaway company will employ more than 330 people in McPherson once completed, including hiring operators, maintenance technicians and warehouse employees.

Mary Rhinehart, President and CEO of Johns Manville, said: “The production expansion at our plant in McPherson will help us meet current and future market demand for blowing wool.”

 “Our central location in McPherson gives us easy access to many markets and positions Johns Manville to offer more of this premium product to our customers,” added Bob Wamboldt, President of JM’s Insulation Systems business. 

Local and state officials applauded JM’s decision to expand in McPherson.

David Toland, Kansas Secretary of Commerce said: “Advanced manufacturing is a staple of McPherson. 

“The community houses a significant number of innovative, progressive manufacturing companies pushing the envelope in their industry. It is clear that Johns Manville has chosen the right location for its expansion.”

McPherson Mayor Tom Brown added: “This project is an important step forward in the McPherson manufacturing market. Johns Manville is an important corporate citizen in our community.”

Kasi Morales, Executive Director of the McPherson Industrial Development Company concluded: “We are grateful to our partners at the Kansas Department of Commerce for coming along side us to get this deal done. We are honoured to have JM continue to invest and grow in our community.” 

Hoppes excited with Eagles' progress

By Steve Sell
June 24, 2019

It wasn’t that long ago that Canton-Galva’s football team was forced to forfeit a game due to a lack of players.

And it plays 8-man football.

But since the arrival of coach Shelby Hoppes in 2017, the Eagles are flying high.

On Saturday, the Eagles — along with Moundridge, St. John and Macksville — took part in a one-day camp at McPherson College, hosted by new Bulldog head coach Jeremiah Fiscus. The teams took turns going through the paces and it was a chance for the Eagles to stay sharp after having been through team camp a couple of weeks ago.

Canton-Galva is coming off a memorable 10-2 season, which included a deep postseason run as it lost in the state semifinals to Solomon. Considering the Eagles didn’t have a senior on their team, expectations for the 2019 season are off the chart as few schools have as ardent of a fan base.

“First off, I really appreciate coach Fiscus letting us come out on the turf and compete against other teams,” Hoppes said. “Small schools don't get to compete at facilities like that very often and it was really cool for our kids. The camp went really well for us Saturday. Like most teams’ mid-summer camps, our execution wasn't always great, but I was very happy with the amount of physicality we played with on both sides of the ball.”

What Hoppes believes has a chance to separate his team from some of the others this season is the line play.

“All of our guys had a really good camp, but like usual it all starts up front for us,” he said. “Our offensive line and defensive line executed very well. From an offensive perspective, the O-line had multiple fronts thrown at them from each team. I thought we communicated and adjusted to each front very well. And then on the other side of the ball, the D-Line did a great job of staying discipline and physically dominating the line of scrimmage.”

The Eagles will continue work in the weight room and then have another one-day camp on July 11 at C-GHS. It has a 9 a.m. start and there will be six teams in all.

Public Works Report June 24

By McPherson Public Works
June 24, 2019

Street Department: Pavement repair at the US 81 Bypass and Kansas Avenue Intersection

Motion to approve pavement repair at the Hwy 81 Bypass and Kansas Avenue intersection for an amount not to exceed $2,538.11.

We have a pavement repair needed at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and the US 81 Bypass.  We have put together an estimate of $2,538.11.

Street Department: Replacement of 125 feet of Curb and Gutter, Sidewalk and Parking Area at Elizabeth and Main

Motion to approve curb & gutter, sidewalk, and parking replacement along Elizabeth and Main for a cost not to exceed $8,372.00.

We have broken curbing (that is way too high) along Elizabeth Street near Main Street. The Street Department Superintendent put together an estimate for the repairs for an amount not to exceed $8,372.00.

All Schools Day: Barricade Rental (RoadSafe)

Motion to approve payment of the RoadSafe Traffic Systems Invoice for $1,652.50 for traffic safety control during the All Schools Day Parade, and bill the All Schools Day Committee for 1/2 the cost ($826.25).

We received an invoice from RoadSafe Traffic Systems in the amount of $1,652.50 for barricade rental for All Schools Day.  We have an agreement in place to spilt this cost between the City and the All Schools Day Committee, which would be $826.25 each.

Hartup/Elizabeth Street Reconstruction Project: (Hartup/Grand Community Sewer SSD#011A) Change Order #

Motion to approve Change Order #1 with Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC on the Hartup/Elizabeth Street Project and Hartup/Grand Community Sewer SSD #011A, to tie two services into the new sewer main for a cost not to exceed $3,700.00.

Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC extended the sewer main down Hartup Street and discovered the common sewer lateral servicing 222 Hartup and 226 Hartup are in the location of the new storm sewer.  The common lateral has to be removed forcing us to hook 222 Hartup and 226 Hartup to the new sewer main.  Vogts Parga has requested $1,850 for each service line, resulting in a total Change Order amount of $3,700.00.

Hartup/Elizabeth Street Reconstruction Project: (Hartup/Grand Community Sewer SSD#011A) Change Order #2

Motion to approve Change Order #2 with Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC on the Hartup/Elizabeth Street Project (Hartup/Grand Community Sewer SSD #011A) to extend a new main from Hancock Street north 193 feet for a cost not to exceed $40,879.94.

A plan error was discovered, and we need to extend the sewer main from Hancock north 193 feet.  This will allow 226 Hartup to hook up to the City main with out the need for a sewer lift.  Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC submitted a cost estimate of $40,879.94.  The individual prices are acceptable except of remove and reset the manhole.  I have asked them if they could reduce the price of $4,915.  If they are able to reduce this cost we will reduce the amount of this Change Order. 

Eagles Wings Estates Unit 2 (Phase I): Change Order #1 (Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC)

Motion to approve Change Order #1 with Vogts-Parga Construction, LLC, for removal and replacement of 48 lineal feet of curb and gutter along Northview Road as part of the Eagles Wings Estates Unit 2 Phase I project, for a cost not to exceed $1,786.00.

Vogts-Parga needs to tie Sonora Drive into Northview Road as part of the Eagles Wings Unit 2, Phase 1 project.  There is 48 lineal feet of curb and gutter along Northview that is broken up and holding water.  If it is not replaced, it will cause the new intersection to hold water.   We asked Vogts-Parga to submit a cost to complete the work and received a quote in the amount of $1,786.00.  This cost will be added to the Phase I project, but will be reimbursed by the City.

Sidewalk at 121 N. Main (Sounds Great)

Motion to approve payment to Charles and Taryn Vetter for a portion of the sidewalk costs incurred at 121 N. Main Street for an amount not to exceed $920.00.

As discussed in study session last week, we measured the sidewalk installed at 121 N. Main.  It measured 10' x 65'.  Cost of materials are estimated at $1.30/sq.ft. plus the $75 short load fee.  Therefore, for  650 sq.ft. of sidewalk, the City would reimburse the property owner $920.00.

Grimes/Anna Street Reconstruction Project: Waive the Tree License

Motion to waive the tree license requirement for the street contractor and sub-contractors for removing trees on the Grimes/Anna Street Reconstruction Project. Waiving the tree license requirement will only apply to this project.

We received a complaint that the contractor removing trees on the Grimes/Anna Street Reconstruction Project was operating without a license.  Section 90-162 of the City of McPherson City Code does specifically state that a person pruning, treating or removing trees must obtain a license from the City.   I feel that the reason "removal" was put into the code is to provide citizens with protection by the removal company having to be bonded and insured. 

Contractors and subcontractors are required to be bonded and insured to perform work on a City project.  I am asking that you waive the requirement for the contractor & sub-contractors to be licensed for the Grimes/Anna Street Reconstruction project only, while we work out the details of the changes needed in the McPherson City Code.  

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