Bonds, carpeting, car approved by city council

After Hillsboro City Council approved a liquor license for La Cabana Mexican restaurant Nov. 6, the remainder of the meeting was less eventful.

The council approved the refinancing of revenue bonds for Parkside Homes, Inc. in the amount of $5,983,459.

Parkside Homes, Inc. attorney Winton Hinkle of Wichita, reported that it was determined to restructure the bonds to save interest. Hinkle said financing of the bonds did not go against the city's bonding capacity.

In other business:

— Mike Ryan of Hillsboro Community Medical Center presented a five-year capital outlay plan which was approved by the city.

There were eight items in the plan that included new beds, flooring, renovating the clinic, a new EKG machine, dictation equipment for medical records, colonscope, and an emergency generator.

Ryan said a generator and colonscope were higher priorities.

Mayor Delores Dalke told the council that the council was only approving the plan as a concept but each individual capital purchase would be brought before the council for approval.

The council also approved a bid from Supreme Floor Covering of Hillsboro for $15,300 for carpet in the special care unit.

— Two members of HCMC board of directors were re-appointed — Eileen Unruh and Jim Brennan.

— After the council approved a 2008 Dodge Magnum for $20,974 for Hillsboro Police Department, Doug Wright of Wright's Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep of Hillsboro, offered a 2006 Dodge Magnum RT with more features that included a hemi engine for $1,000 less than the 2008 model with fewer features.

Wright said the vehicle was on his lot while the 2008 model would have to be ordered.

The council amended the motion and approved the purchase of the 2006 model.

Two other bids that were presented were $17,450 for a 2008 Chevrolet Impala from Irv Schroeder's County Motors and $20,268 for a 2008 Dodge Charger from Wright's.

Police chief Dan Kinning said the new vehicle would be the one he would drive and preferred a full-size vehicle. He also wanted a vehicle with an ESP braking system which limits over or under steering under critical driving conditions and both Dodge vehicles had that feature. Kinning said he also wanted a station wagon because he generally carries more equipment than most of the other officers.

The next council meeting will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at city hall.