Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 27 October 2009 13:09After listening to the concerns of a half-dozen residents about proposed increases in city utility fees, the Hillsboro City Council tabled an ordinance that would raise the base rate for sewer service by $8.70 a month in order to pay off a bond more quickly.
But the council did approve ordinances to increase the monthly base rate for electrical service by $4 (to $9), the water rate by $1 (to $28.06) and the recycling fee by 5 cents (to $1.90).
The new rates will affect consumers in January...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 27 October 2009 13:08The Hillsboro City Council voted 3-0 at its Oct. 20 meeting to authorize City Administrator Larry Paine to spend up to $20,000 to spray a light oil-based emulsion on D Street in an effort to eliminate the ongoing dust problem there.
Paine suggested the strategy as a way to “do something rather than do nothing” to reduce the dust that continues to rise up in dry weather because of the vehicle traffic.
The dust has been an unexpected result of choosing a limestone gravel to save money instead of a harder, more expensive gravel for a chip-and-seal project back in September.
The city had been told by the supplier the limestone gravel would not create a dust problem. Paine said he did not think the city could take legal recourse...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 27 October 2009 13:07
The Hillsboro High School volleyball team holds high its championship plaque following the Trojans’ victory over Remington in the finals of the Class 3A substate tournament at Sedgwick on Saturday. Hillsboro swept its three matches in the minimum six games. The Trojans (29-8) will take on Phillipsburg (37-2) at about 9:30 a.m. Friday in the first round of pool play at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. If they survive pool play, they will play the semifinals and possibly finals on Saturday morning. For a full report of the tournament, plus the results of the regional cross-country competition, go to Sports on Page 1B.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:31
More than 50 people attended a Minifest Saturday at Tiny Trails LLC owned by Larry and Deana Olsen in Marion. Enjoying a horse and buggy ride were (top photo, left to right) Emma, 2, their grandmother, Chris Gillespie of Marion, holding Jackson, 3 months, and Alex, 4. The three Gillespie children were visiting from Kansas City, Mo. Guiding the cart was Cathy Martin, who assisted her granddaughter, Cara Martin, with the activities. “Everybody seemed to have a great time,” said Cara, who used money from a USDA NCR Sustainable Agriculture Youth grant to make the event possible. Other activities included playing in a corn bin, making s’mores, taking the miniature horses on a trail walk and other games.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:27An advisory group, appointed to study and recommend a plan addressing the current jail facility, decided on a financing option and narrowed the architectural firms down to two at its Oct. 13 meeting in Hillsboro.
“We do not have the authority to hire architects or determine alternative financing for a new facility, but the commissioners did want us to make recommendations,” said a member of the Marion County Public Safety and Law Enforcement Center Committee.
The committee’s recommendation for financing a new facility would be a special dwelling tax of $10 per month for 10 years or less.
Although the county would need to assess property taxes to operate the facility, it would still be less in the long run.
“I don’t like to...
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