HCMC equipment purchases for 2001 affirmed by council

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro City Council approved at their Jan. 3 meeting a plan for purchasing equipment and upgrading facilities during the next six months at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.


The list of purchases was valued at $94,409.


Michael Ryan, chief executive officer at HCMC, and Marion Regier, chief financial officer, presented a tentative schedule of purchases that included the following:


— a treadmill and EKG unit that has already been purchased for $12,119.60.


— remodeling the emergency room entrance for $15,000 to adhere to new interpretations of the fire code.


— a colonoscope purchased in December for $19,000.


— a patient lift for the Long Term Care Unit (LTCU) to be purchased this month for $2,500.


— a dictaphone upgrade to be acquired this month for $3,000.


— a Citrix File Server (Phase 1) to be purchased in February for $17,790.29.


— low beds for the LTCU to be purchased for $3,000 in February.


— “Hospital Manager” software to be acquired in February $9,500.


— carpet for the hallways to be purchased in May for $12,500.


Ryan said all of the purchases, which have been approved by the HCMC board, will be made from the city’s Property Plant and Equipment Fund except for the dictaphone upgrade, which will be acquired with HCMC funds.


The council affirmed Ryan’s intent to keep the council informed of equipment purchases in advance.


In other business, the council: approved Ordinance 1040 changing the zoning at 212 N. Ash from “general commercial district” to “general commercial district with a central business overlay,” as had been recommended by the Hillsboro Planning Commission. The property is owned by Stan Thiessen.


— approved a bill for $4,887.89 from BG Consultants for engineering work done on water improvements for the Prairie Pointe housing addition. The council deferred payment of a second bill related to Prairie Pointe for $4,230.48 to cover “construction observation” until the council receives more information about the nature of the billing.


— approved the following board appointments recommended by Mayor Delores Dalke: Meredith Ryan, Hank Wiebe and Don Ratzlaff to the Convention & Visitors Bureau; Carol Wiebe and Brad Bartel to the Marion County Economic Development Council; and Chris Horn and Martin Rhodes to the Hillsboro Historical Society board.


— deferred a recommendation to purchase chat for street maintenance until more information is provided to the council.


— heard from City Administrator Steve Garrett about a spot check conducted for chlorine residuals in city water lines. Garrett said the city will continue to find a way to keep the residuals at appropriate levels.


— heard from Garrett that experimental tests indicate that adding calcium to chat may be an effective and safe way to reduce ice on city streets in the aftermath of snowstorms.

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