Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:11
The Hillsboro City Council approved at its Oct. 2 meeting an engineering contract with Evans, Bierly, Hutchison & Associates that will launch the design stage for the Safe Routes to School project.
The total cost of engineering was contracted at $28,175 with the city and USD 410 splitting the cost at $14,087.50 each.
A little more than a month earlier, Hillsboro was approved for a $250,000 grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation to be used for construction in 2013.
“We do not yet have the amount of sidewalk improvements completely identified because the engineer must first request bids for the work,” City Administrator Larry Paine said following the meeting.
“Once the bids come in, we’ll have a better idea how much sidewalk the $250,000 will get us. We believe we will get the majority of ‘Priority 1 Route’ on the map completed.” (See map.)
USD 410 has defined six priority routes in all, but the entire likely will take several years to complete.
“Greatest priority within Route 1 will be given to sidewalk improvement that is closest to the elementary school along A Street,” Paine said. “From there, we work westward.
“If all of Priority 1 Route gets completed, and there is still funding available, we move to Priority 2 Route and so on.”
In other business, the council:
• approved a noise permit for Tabor College, which was planning an event involving music for Oct. 9 in which school officials will be attaching Tabor license plates to cars of students who want them.
The music was intended to add a “party atmosphere” to the event, according to Councilor Marlene Fast, who also is alumni director at the college.
• authorized Mayor Delores Dalke to sign a proclamation makeing Oct. 7-13 “Public Power Week” in Hillsboro. The proclamation highlights the contributions of the city’s electrical utility.
• authorized payment of $3,315 to EBH & Associates for final engineering and inspection on the Adams and First streets projects. The charges are construction administration and for Terracon, a subcontractor, to add the concrete breaks.
• approved payment of $128.83 as the city’s share of the cost of repair for damage done to a resident’s irrigation system while working on the Adams Street project.
• approved, following an executive session, an increase of $150 per month in the city administrator’s car allowance in lieu of a salary increase.