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Mayor wants fairness

Council delays decision regarding special assessments for street improvements

Staff writer

Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke asked the Hillsboro City Council Aug. 19, to delay passage of a resolution to establish an improvement or benefit district which would require residents to pay for street improvements.

Dalke said she didn’t think it was fair to those in the district to have the special assessment imposed on them without knowing their costs.

She said that she had calculated that small lots in the area would cost homeowners a total between $11,000 and $12,000. Other property owners could pay $16,000 with the owner of the largest lot paying $22,000 during a 15-year bond period.

“We need to look at the whole project and determine if it’s the most important,” Dalke said. “I’ve had more requests to do improvements on Oak Street.”

City administrator Larry Paine said the city was considering two distinctly different projects that are in the same neighborhood.

The council had moved forward with the improvements in an effort to remedy a drainage problem that had plagued that neighborhood for years.

The council agreed with Dalke and decided to table any decision until the next meeting, Tuesday.

In other business:

  • The council approved payments for wastewater improvements that included $14,347 to engineers Evans, Bierly, Hutchison & Associates and $180,965 to APAC-Kansas, Inc.
  • A payment of $9,571 was approved to Flaming, Inc. of Marion for heating and air conditioning at the new Butler Community College classroom at the former AMPI building.
  • Dalke appointed Sue Watkins and Kelly Schlehuber to Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • The next regular council meeting is at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Last modified Aug. 27, 2008

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