City plans for street work and trail
Hillsboro city council took the first steps Tuesday toward getting bids for street work slated for after the city water system overhaul is completed.
Darin Neufeld, of EBH Engineering, outlined construction projects on 1st St. from Adams St. to the alley east of Wilson St.; Wilson St. from 1st to C Sts.; C St. from Adams to Kennedy Sts.; Kennedy St. from A to C Sts.; and the intersection of Ash and D Sts.
The jobs will be put out to bid as a base project with options for specific portions. That allows council members to reject going forward with the entire project at the same time.
E. Grand St. from Washington to Adams Sts. will be replaced because the street has become weak from the inside. Neufeld said bid requests for the work would include both poured concrete and use of concrete pavers, which give a more historic look.
Also designed is addition of off-street parking in six locations. Council members can consider whether to add the extra parking when bids have come in.
Both concrete and asphalt are options for streets north of 1st on Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson Sts., Neufeld said.
Bids will be opened March 5.
Council members approved a contract with Central Kansas Conservancy for development of a walking trail along a former railroad track bed from Main St. to Industrial Rd., then north to Hillsboro Community Hospital. The last time the council considered the contract, they had questions about a required $500 annual renewal fee.
Paine said the cost of maintenance done by the city will be deducted from the $500 renewal fee.
“I believe there will be over $500 worth of maintenance to be done,” Paine said. “I’m ready to recommend you approve the agreement.”