McPherson City Streets and Utilities candidates speak at forum Saturday

By Nick Gosnell
March 28, 2015

The two candidates for McPherson City Commissioner of Streets and Utilities spoke at a Candidate Forum Saturday morning hosted by the McPherson Chamber of Commerce's Business and Membership committee at the Chamber office in McPherson.

Larry Wiens is the challenger in the race to unseat current Commissioner Mike Alkire.

When asked what goals he would have for his place on the City Commission outside of overseeing Streets and Utilities, Wiens said, "I'm concerned that we have lost some of our pride over the years in the City of McPherson, I would like to see the citizens of McPherson take more pride in their property. Whether they rent property, whether you're a property owner, whether you're a business owner wouldn't make any difference. Take pride in what you do and be proud of the town."

Answering the same question, Alkire said, "The housing that we have being built right now, we have a hundred units in two complexes, over a hundred units that are being built, plus houses. [That building rate} cannot keep up with the influx of workers into our community. So, we're striving very hard to subsidize, to do anything we can to help housing, more housing, being built in McPherson."

The Streets and Utilities commissioner has many duties that were outlined at the meeting. That commissioner oversees all the functions of the Public Works Department. That includes the street department, engineering, wastewater treatment, building inspectors, community development director. code enforcement officer and the planning and zoning commission. The commissioner also works with the Public Works director and City Administrator to make recommendations on capital improvements to streets,sidewalks, sanitary and storm sewers. That commissioner also makes policy recommendations and decisions as it relates to construction. That commissioner also works with staff on an annual budget for Public Works, but also has a say in the overall budget, as a member of the Commission board. The Streets and Utilities commissioner also helps, along with the rest of the Commission, to set policy direction for the City as a whole, and to act a liason between community members and City staff, where appropriate.

The election for City Commission seats is Tuesday, April 7. McPherson City Commissioner of Public Lands Robert Moore is also up for reelection. He does not have an opponent on the ballot, and did not attend Saturday's forum.

Hesston standout Raleigh severely injured in skiing accident

By Steve Sell
March 28, 2015

Hesston High basketball and football standout Grant Raleigh suffered severe injuries in a skiing accident on Thursday while on vacation in Breckenridge, Colo.

According to texts sent by his father and basketball coach, Greg, he suffered a broken back, broken pelvis, internal bleeding and broken bones in an arm and shoulder. He reportedly is now stabilized.

Raleigh, a senior, is one of the greatest athletes ever produced at Hesston. He was first-team Class 3A this year, averaging 16.7 points a game. He helped the Swathers to the Class 3A state title last year.

In football, he both ran and threw for more than 1,000 yards this past season, leading the Swathers to a 10-1 record. He earned various postseason honors.

Bullpup JV baseball loses twice

By Steve Sell
March 28, 2015

AUGUSTA — McPherson High’s JV baseball team had trouble with Augusta, too.

The teams met on Friday instead of Thursday because of a lack of a playing field. The Orioles came away with 13-2 and 4-3 victories. They had swept the varsity games on Thursday as well.

Augusta scored seven runs in the first inning to win the opener in easy fashion. McPherson was held to two hits, one each by Paxton Leaf and Alex Kalkhorst.

Raine Reitsma took the loss.

The Bullpups were in position for a split in Game 2, leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the Orioles rallied with two runs for the 4-3 victory.

Dylan Werries had a huge game for the Bullpups by going 3 for 4. Sam Brossard added two hits. Brossard took the loss despite allowing only two earned runs.

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