August 7 agenda
At its Aug. 7 meeting, the council approved the construction of a new valley gutter at the intersection of West B Street and Floral Drive at a cost of $4,170.
The new valley gutter will provide smoother entry for vehicles than the makeshift intersection that has provided access to West B, a gravel street, from hard-surface Floral.
Currently, vehicles essentially have to jump the gutter-curb that was poured when Floral Drive was created and before Pine Street was added.
Steve Schroeder, a resident of Pine, spoke for the neighborhood when he thanked the council for its decision.
Dale Dalke, street superintendent, said the new valley gutter will be adequate to serve a hard-surface version of Pine, should it be constructed in the future.
Mary Regier, chair of the Hillsboro Museums advisory board, updated the council on the tours of the Adobe House and Schaeffler House led by volunteers since May 26.
Regier said 10 tours, accounting for 95 people, were conducted at the Adobe House, while four tours involving 51 people occurred at the Schaeffler House. The tours generated $303 in admission revenue.
Fifty-four of the tourists came from Kansas, but Texas, California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Idaho and Iowa also were represented. International origins included Germany, New Zealand and Canada.
Regier said the local Convention and Visitors Bureau contributes $25 per tour to compensate the guides.
Hearing that the museum charges only $3 for admission, Councilor Marlene Fast encouraged the advisory board to consider raising the fee “to at least $5” for the amount of knowledge that participants receive.
The tour leaders included David Brown, Raymond Wiebe, Peggy Goertzen and Regier.
In other business, the council:
• approved paying an invoice of $264,571 to Vogts-Parga Construction for work completed on the replacement of North Ash Street.
• approved paying an invoice of $247,913 to LaFarge Construction for work completed on the replacement of First Street between Adams and Ash streets.
• approved paying an invoice of $19,375 to Evans, Bierly & Hutchison for engineering work completed on the two street projects.
• met in executive session for personnel.