Substation should be energized by Feb. 1

Hillsboro’s new electrical substation is expected to be energized Feb. 1 by KPL, City Administrator Steve Garrett told members of the Hillsboro City Council at their Jan. 16 meeting.

The $382,360 project is expected to eliminate many of the power outages the old, under-powered substation had caused for residents and businesses in recent years.

The council approved a routine progress payment to the contractor, Mid-Sates Energy Works, Inc., of Salina for $76,708.53.

The council was less enthused about a payment request from BG Consultants for $4,230.48 for “construction observation” at the Prairie Pointe housing project on the city’s east edge.

At their last meeting, council members decided to defer payment of that bill until members were given more information about the charges. The company’s response prior to the Jan. 16 meeting did not provide adequate information, according to council members. They decided to defer payment again.

In other business, the council:

— accepted a bid of $9,482 from Graybar to purchase 10 new transformers for city use. A bid from Solomon Corp. priced 10 rebuilt at $9,011. Council members favored buying new transformers at a slightly higher cost.

— approved the following recommendations from Mayor Delores Dalke for city boards: reappoint Mike Knak and Terry Hagen to the Airport Board; appoint Don Dahl to the Hillsboro Historical Society board; reappoint Lloyd Anderson, Tammy Nickel and Richard Wall to the Tree Board, and reappoint Kenny Ollenburger and Craig Roble to the Planning and Development Commission.

— recessed for a meeting of the Public Building Committee to accept receipts for equipment purchased recently by Hillsboro Community Medical Center. The receipts were $12,119.60 for a treadmill, $18,000 for a colonoscope, and $6,405.46 for work in progress on the remodeling of the emergency entrance.

HCMC will be reimbursed through the PBC for those expenses.

— met with Dan Baldwin, city attorney, in executive session to discuss issues related to unspecified legal action.

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