City council votes to vacate street
The Hillsboro City Council approved a request from Tabor College to vacate a section of Madison St. between C and D Sts.
The vacation allows Tabor to take over care of 150 ft of Madison to create a cul-de-sac in front of the science building.
Kirby Fadenrecht, Tabor vice president for business and finance, said the vacation would allow the college to utilize the street to better suit its needs.
“We plan to add a parking lot and redo the storm sewer system so the water runs underneath the road,” he said.
Access to Madison is one step in multiple plans for campus improvements being undertaken by Tabor in the near future.
“Because we plan on the street being a key part of our campus improvement goals, we want to take it over to best suit Tabor and the city’s new needs for it,” he said.
Fadenrecht projects once the planned fine arts building is constructed the street will be a main access into the campus for visiting students and alumni.
The council also approved a request from Tabor students in Derek Hamm’s graphic design class to close the intersection of Grand Ave. and Main St. from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 22.
The closure would be part of a 4-square tournament planned by the students between the four businesses located at each corner of the intersection.
In other business:
- The council approved final payments for Barkley Construction, Ranson Financial, and EBH for the completed construction on Cedar, Date, and Birch Sts.
- The council approved a resolution to adopt new utility meter instillation charges. The previous ordnance detailing charges had not been adjusted since 1994. The resolution set new prices to account for increased material costs for utility meters. The resolution would bring the cost of a 2-inch water meter instillation from around $200 to around $340.