City of McPherson to seek de minimus ruling on Avenue A sidewalk impact on Turkey Creek

By Chris Swick
July 29, 2015

No members of the public spoke out either for or against a plan from the City of McPherson to ask for a de minimus ruling from the federal highway department for Turkey Creek Golf Course in relation to the Avenue A sidewalk project.

City Public Works Director Jeff Woodward said during the public hearing Monday that, in order to complete the project to the appropriate standards, they have to do one of three things.

“Either we have to carry the side slope of the sidewalk onto the golf course, we have to build a retaining wall or we have to redesign,” Woodward said. “The latter two, of course, are expensive.”

The de minimus ruling would then allow the city to work around the golf course in a way that would cause very minor impact.

Woodward reported that a public meeting was held June 29.

“We had no input at that point,” Woodward said. “We have had no input to date other than I do have three letters, one from me, one from [Public Lands and Facilities Director] Wayne Burns and one from the golf course manager [John Hastert], all indicating the effect on to the golf course is minimal and in favor of the de minimus ruling.”

The city commission approved the request to seek the ruling unanimously.