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More requirements on the way for some contractors

Hillsboro City Council mulls how to implement state statute

Staff writer

Hillsboro City Council considered options at its Dec. 2 meeting of how to implement a new Kansas statute requiring continuing education for certain contractor licenses, including plumbing, electrical, and HVAC work.

The state will require contractors to take 12 hours of continuing education in their fields every two years for a license, City Administrator Larry Paine said.

He recommended conferring with Marion County and other cities in the county how to follow the statute, and he suggested the affected contractors be required to have six hours of continuing education for a 2010 license and every year after.

The council members agreed knowing the plans of other governments in the county was a good idea.

“We don’t want Hillsboro to be the problem,” council member Shane Marler said.

In other business:

  • Engineer Jim Kohman, representing project engineer EBH of Great Bend, told the council progress was good at the lagoon project. The lagoons were virtually done, and the abandoned treatment plant was demolished, he said. Construction of the screening building was finished, and equipment was on its way.
  • The council approved the purchase of equipment for the fire department for $7,735. The piece of equipment is a joystick-operated fire hose controlled from the cab of the truck, and will be used to fight grass fires, Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee said. The city will be refunded 50 percent of the cost by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

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