The Hillsboro City Council agreed at its June 19 meeting to allow a portion of North Main Street to be barricaded July 3 for a community block party and fireworks show.
Mike Boese, 217 N. Main, asked the city to close roughly the north half of the 200 block from 8 p.m. to about 11 p.m. for the Independence Day celebration.
Police Chief Dan Kinning supported the request through a written response. He stated that a similar event last year generated no significant complaints from the public, and the organizers had done a “good job” of cleaning the streets when it was over.
Kinning added a reminder that alcohol cannot be consumed in the street, even when it is barricaded.
In his request, Boese said party organizers spent about $2,000 of their own money for a fireworks show that lasted about 40 minutes.
“We have increased our budget this year and we anticipate a one-hour show for the community,” Boese added. “We do not charge for this event; it is strictly out of our own pocket.”
A day-time show for children prior to the after-dark show will include parachute cakes and single firecrackers, he said.
In other business, the council:
• approved the mayor’s reappointment of Marlin Janzen and Larry Cole to the Hillsboro Housing Authority.
• approved a pay estimate of $51,547 to Reynolds Inliner, LLC, for installing cured-in-pipe liners for portions of the city’s sewer system.
The council also agreed to hold back $5,100 until a claim filed by resident Caleb Barkman is satisfied. Barkman said the tap at his home was not cut open when the liner was installed, causing a backup of sewage.
• heard from City Administrator Larry Paine that progress is continuing on the Adams Street and First Street replacement projects. He said LaForge Construction, the company working on First Street, was planning to begin pouring concrete the following week.
• agreed to meet for a special meeting at 4 p.m. June 26 to continue the discussion on a health insurance plan for city staff.
• heard a request from Councilor Shelby Dirks that the council review two issues in the future: (1) the percentage of time the street crew works on street projects versus other city tasks, and (2) the “tangible benefits” resulting from the $160,000 or so the city has spent on an economic development position over the past four years.