The Hillsboro City Council approved the purchase of a replacement vehicle for the fire department during its May 7 meeting.
Fire Chief Ben Steketee reported that he became aware of a 2010 Chevy 1500 pickup with emergency equipment that currently is being upgraded by a member of the Andover Fire/ Rescue department.The Chevy will replace the Suburban command vehicle that Steketee currently uses. The purchase price of the Chevy was $26,000.
Steketee said the vehicle does not completely match his specifications, but it is close. A grill guard and winch would need to be added for about $2,500.
Replacing the Suburban was included in the 2013 budget and was planned as a lease purchase, according to City Administrator Larry Paine.
After discussion, the council voted unanimously to purchase the Chevy and sell the Suburban as soon as possible.
In other matters, the council:
• approved the routine annual waiver from generally approved accounting principles because of the state’s cash basis law. Typically, GAAP would require the city to record revenue or expenditures before they are received or spent.
• approved a paying a pay estimate of $64,091 from Barkley Construction for street renovation work it has completed on Date and Cedar. The contract price for the full project is $391,000; $98,191 worth of work has been completed.
• approved paying an invoice for $2,000 to Ranson Financial consultants, which is providing grant administration services for the improvement project involving Date, Cedar and Birch streets.
• was updated by city attorney Dan Baldwin regarding the execution of a nuisance order against the owner of a local auto repair business. Baldwin said in the process, the owner became angry and was arrested for aggravated assault against a city employee. The owner was taken to the Marion County Jail.