City council approves property insurance coverage

Staff reporter

When Hillsboro City Council reviewed and approved the annual premium and insurance coverage for city property March 4, again it was reminded that the former AMPI building is not insured.

There is coverage for the contents related to Hillsboro Police Department for a total of $23,000, but at this point, the building is uninsurable because of previous issues, related to a structural fire a couple of years ago.

The replacement value of the 60,000-square foot building was set at more than $6 million and replacement of the 16,000-square foot building located east of the police department was set at $1.7 million.

John Kullman of IMA, the city's insurance broker for EMC Insurance Companies, presented the information and breakdown of coverage.

Premiums included a blanket policy of $9.5 million for all city buildings for a premium $21,295, insurance for 42 city vehicles for a total premium of $12,036, $1 million exposure at the airport for a premium $1,750, and other benefits that totaled approximately $12,320.

Kullman recommended that city employees rent vehicles if traveling out-of-state because of insurance limitations.

The insurance premium becomes effective April 1.

In other business:

— The council reviewed a new city neighborhood revitalization district that was proposed by city administrator Larry Paine.

The current revitalization district is approaching its 10th year of existence, May 2009, which requires the city to review the plan and make necessary adjustments.

Mayor Delores Dalke suggested Paine hire Hannaford Abstract & Title Company of Marion to prepare legal descriptions and a map of the proposed area.

— City cleanup week will be April 14-19.

— City officials will meet with FEMA representatives regarding the city being reimbursed for straight time worked by employees related to this past winter's storms.

— Councilman Shelby Dirks told Paine he had received complaints regarding the service at the city's recycling center. The volunteer-operated center is not opening on time, sometimes as much as 45 minutes late.

— Councilman Byron McCarty asked Paine about a property at Washington and Grant streets. Paine said a letter was in the mail to the property owner.

— Councilman Shane Marler asked if the city could check into the potentially dangerous parking situation at the new townhouses at Tabor College on Madison Street. Marler said poor visibility has resulted in near collisions.

— Paine was re-appointed as a director to Kansas Municipal Energy Agency.

— Dalke appointed Karen Wiebe and Warren Priel to one-year terms on the city's tree board.