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New culvert may help drainage problem

Council not ready to impose special assessments

Staff writer

Hillsboro City Council still was not ready to impose $227,000 worth of improvements at the Sept. 2 meeting, so it tabled that decision and came up with another option.

It was determined that the city would have a new culvert installed by Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center at Oak and D streets which would divert rain and flood water run-off from fields. With the current culvert, water backs up and tops over Oak Street, running between a house and an empty lot on Oak Street, and eventually causing flooding problems at the Hillsboro American Legion Post home.

With the culvert, the council wants to observe how the water flow changes which might remedy the situation. Even though it is not a permanent solution, officials believe it is worth a try.

In other business:

  • Engineer consultant Bob Privatera reported that a contract was successfully negotiated with Wichita Electric for lighting and a turnaround at the end of the runway at Hillsboro Municipal Airport. APAC-Kansas is the general contractor and the council gave Privatera authority to negotiate with the sub-contractor on behalf of the city. The total cost of the project is $173,565. The city received a $162,000 grant from Kansas Department of Transportation which required the city to provide a 10 percent match, bringing the project well under budget, said city administrator Larry Paine.
  • The council approved the Uniform Public Offense Code and standard traffic ordinances and a bid of $24,640 from Hillsboro Ford for a 2008 Ford Explorer for Hillsboro Police Department.
  • The council approved “Leave a Legacy” signs on city property as a way to promote the program. Hillsboro Community Foundation is participating in the Newton-based program.
  • Mayor Delores Dallke and vice mayor Shelby Dirks were appointed as voting delegates at the League of Kansas Municipalities meeting Oct. 11-13 at Wichita.
  • The next council meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.

Last modified Sept. 10, 2008

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