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Workers to begin Ash Street project

Staff writer

Work crews were scheduled to begin pouring the concrete street on Ash Street at 6 a.m. today, City Administrator Larry Paine said during Hillsboro City Council meeting Tuesday.

If work goes smoothly and Kansas Department of Transportation approves, part of the project could be reopened to traffic June 14, Paine said.

Street Superintendent Dale Dalke resolved some issues with the project while inspecting it.

Council member Shelby Dirks said three city residents asked if regular street maintenance was being conducted because they hadn’t seen any. Maintenance has been done, Paine said, but it was slowed by efforts to prepare Hillsboro Family Aquatics Center for the summer.

Fireworks permitted until 11 p.m. July 5

Resident Charles Rempel requested the city extend the permissible time to discharge fireworks until 11 p.m. July 5. Because Independence Day falls on a Sunday this year, the working holiday will be July 5.

Rempel said he realized the noise might disturb some people, but fireworks may still be sold July 5.

The city allowed discharging fireworks on July 5, 2008, Mayor Delores Dalke said. That didn’t work very well, Police Chief Dan Kinning said, but some people will discharge fireworks even if it isn’t permissible.

The council approved allowing the discharge of fireworks until 11 p.m. July 5.

In other business:

  • Marion Reservoir Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Coordinator Peggy Blackman will meet with the council to discuss a funding request. Council member Kevin Suderman, who also is a WRAPS board member, suggested meeting with Blackman after the city received a funding request from WRAPS.
  • An operation plan for composting was approved. The plan was required to move the city’s compost site.
  • The council will check the amount of aid the council approved for Communities in Schools for 2010 before deciding to continue support for 2011 after Communities in Schools Director Linda Ogden requested funding. Council members said they remembered approving assistance, but not the amount.

The next Hillsboro City Council meeting will be June 15.

Last modified June 3, 2010

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