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Hillsboro City Council imposes term limits on appointed boards

Staff writer

Hillsboro City Council approved term limits Monday for members of several appointed boards in the city.

The ordinance set a limit of two four-year terms, three three-year terms, or four two-year terms, as appropriate to the boards.

The affected boards are Salem Home, airport, zoning appeals, housing authority, library, Marion County Economic Development Council, museum advisory, planning, recreation, and tree boards.

The purpose of term limits is to get fresh ideas among the commissions, Mayor Delores Dalke said.

The mayor could waive a term limit if the reappointed board member would be the only person with experience on the board.

Board members who have met their term limits will be eligible for reappointment after a year away from the board. The original draft of the ordinance required a full term off the board.

In other business:

  • Dalke appointed Randy Brazil to the recreation commission to fill Wendy McCarty’s position.
  • Seven hundred tons of rock was approved for $12,000 for the street department.
  • Two new volunteer firefighters, Eric Buller and Matt Hein, will join the department, bringing the number of firefighters to 21. It will cost about $3,580 to equip them for the first year, and another $2,150 the second year, Fire Chief Ben Steketee estimated.
  • Street department director Dale Dalke was authorized to spend up to $15,000 for a double-drum vibratory roller. The roller would be used for street maintenance.
  • A pay estimate for the completed drainage project at the intersection of D and Oak streets, was approved for $123,378.
  • Engineering fees totaling $5,430.04 for work on the airport project by Reiss & Goodness Engineers of Wichita were approved.

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