New hospital equipment purchase approved

Staff reporter

Hillsboro Community Medical Center requested and received permission Tuesday from Hillsboro City Council to purchase a Fuji Hi-Definition Scope which provides colonoscopies and EGDs (esophagogastroduodenoscopy).

The cost of the equipment is $80,000 with the city's portion being approximately $75,500.

Hospital administrator Mike Ryan told the council that this would be a "fantastic upgrade" and that it was equipment the hospital's surgeon had recommended.

The council also approved a bid from Vogts Construction of Newton for the construction of curb and gutter at the corner of Washington and Grand streets.

The low bid from the construction company was $46,850 which included a sidewalk, valley gutter, and parking on the north side of the apartment complex property, a sidewalk and curb and gutter on the west side, and replacement of streets and sidewalk.

Other bids were $50,136 from Jantz Construction, Inc., $55,183 from Hett Construction, and $64,000 from Barkley Construction.

The approval of the bid was contingent on approval from Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church and Solomon Langley who will share the cost of the project with the city — $3,500 HMB, $24,950 Langley, and $18,400 for the city's share.

Payments to engineering firm EBH & Associates for a total $23,695 and $222,966 to APAC-Kansas for construction related to the city's wastewater treatment project were approved. Vouchers will be sent to Kansas Department of Health and Environment for reimbursement per the city's grant and loan agreement.

City administrator Larry Paine said the sewer project was progressing faster than he had anticipated. The project is slated to be completed by the end of the year but Paine said at the current rate, the project could be completed as soon as September or October.

A complete story of Tuesday's council meeting will be in next week's edition of the Hillsboro Star-Journal.