Kansas Muncipal Utilities approved for $3.5 million bond to build training facility

By Chris Swick
August 10, 2015

The McPherson City Commission gave their approval to the issuance of an Economic Development Revenue Bond to Kansas Municipal Utilities, Inc., Monday, allowing them to move forward on the construction of a training facility that will be located in McPherson.

KMU Executive Director Colin Hansen was seeking the 3.5 million dollar bond to help with the construction of a new training facility that is planned to be built at the southwest intersection of Centennial Avenue and Avenue A.

“For the last 10 years or so, we have been working towards creating a comprehensive, hands-on training center for electric linemen, natural gas operators, water operators, wastewater operators,” Hansen said. “We think it will be a great benefit to the city. We've gone through the economic development process, the cost-benefit analysis, and it does show positive economic results for the city, the county, the school district.”

The facility will sit on 35 acres and will feature a 200-person theater that will open up right into a garage so they can learn how to work on a transformer and then walk out and begin training, Hansen said.

The commission approved the issuance of the bond unanimously.