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Hillsboro renews engineering contract

Staff writer

Hillsboro City Council affirmed an agreement with Evans, Bierly, Hutchinson, and Associates Engineering Firm for upcoming street projects.

The city has a community development block grant worth $400,000 that it plans to use on six blocks of Date, Birch, and Cedar streets.

EBH has already received $86,000 for the design and has subtracted $10,000 from the original contracted amount because a segment of the project at Industrial Road was eliminated.

EBH engineer Darin Neufeld said he is not sure whether he will recommend rebuilding or resurfacing Date, Birch, and Cedar streets. He said Date Street was in the worst shape with both the street and curbs needing work. With the help City Administrator Larry Payne, Neufeld said he is analyzing the best way to utilize the $400,000 available from the grant.

Hillsboro has already paid EBH $78,875 for construction services. The maximum amount agreed upon for construction services is $160,000.

Payne said the CDBG grant matched funds already spent on construction for 1st Street. Hillsboro spent $463,387 in payments to LaFarge Construction Company for 1st Street. With $887,853 for Adams St., Hillsboro has spent $1,597,240 on street projects this year.

In other business:

  • The city council approved the final payment to Reynolds Inliner LLC of $5,100 for work on Hillsboro sewers. Reynolds Inliner put new lines inside of existing sewer lines by cutting holes into the lines. One such hole was forgotten and a line backed up into a resident’s home. Subsequently, an insurance claim was filed. Payne said the city withheld the payment until the claim was handled. In this case, the contractor and city split damages, he said.
  • The council renewed an interlocal agreement with the City of Marion for water quality maintenance from Marion Reservoir. The renewal was inspired by expenses at the reservoir paid for by Hillsboro. Marion City Council approved a reimbursement Monday but needed to renew the agreement.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 6.

Last modified Oct. 17, 2012