The Hillsboro City Council approved a zoning change at its Aug. 21 meeting for a portion of the Carriage Hills housing development on the city’s south side.
Hillsboro resident Darrell Driggers has plans to develop the south portion of Carriage Hills into single-family and multi-family residences. The development previously had been zoned only for single-family residences.
The city’s Planning Commission had recommended the zoning change to the council after reviewing the plan.
The council concurred with a 3-0 vote; Councilor Shelby Dirks was not present.
In an effort to control odor issues at the city’s lagoon ponds, the council approved an engineering contract with EBH Associates to develop a test that would introduce oxygen into the system, and a separate effort to examine gas concentrations of hydrogen sulfide at several lift stations.
City Administrator Larry Payne said the city is taking “an aggressive position” with the odor issues since the Environmental Protection Agency has requested a significant amount of additional testing as a result of the problems.
“As you remember, a ‘political official’ requested (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) to investigate odor problems when the lagoons were first started up,” Paine said.
“Since then, numerous KDHE and EPA staff have been visiting the Hillsboro site to see what we are doing.”
The council accepted a low bid from Hillsboro Ford for the purchase of two F-250 pickup trucks. The city received higher bids from Midway Motors and Resnick Motors.
The winning bid was $19,719 for the truck designated for the street department, and $21,455 for the truck designated for the electric department. The latter bid was higher because sales tax applied.
The truck for the electric department replaces the one that was stolen earlier this year. The city had received an insurance check for $11,000 to help cover the loss.
In a separate vote, the council accepted a low bid from Marion National Bank to finance the purchases over four years at an interest rate of 3.24 percent.
In other business, the council adopted the Uniform Public Offense Code and the Standard Traffic Ordinance for 2012.