Council OKs purchase of fingerprint kits for HPD

The Hillsboro City Council authorized Police Chief Dan Kinning to use municipal court diversion money to order three more finger-print kits for his department at the council’s Feb. 6 meeting.

The department currently has one partial kit for all of the officers to use. Kinning proposed buying three more kits at $109 each and some individual items to complete the partial kit at a cost of $40.

“If the equipment is purchased, I intend to set up an instructional class through the (Kansas Bureau of Investigation), to ensure that each officer is trained in the use of this equipment,” Kinning stated in his proposal to the council.

City Attorney Dan Baldwin said diversion funds are usually applied toward law enforcement uses. He said the council has discretion on the use of municipal court diversion money but “clearly this request does fit under this description.”

The council approved the request unanimously. The diversion fund had a balance of $2,130, Kinning said.

The council also approved Ordinance No. 1041, which authorizes a loan agreement with the State of Kansas through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for sewer repairs.

The $390,000 loan will be used to replace the outfall line, which carries waste away from the wastewater treatment plant.

In other business:

— City Administrator Steve Garrett told the council he has been pricing trash trucks for city use. To this point, the cost is just under $80,000. He will continue to explore the situation.

— Rose Mary Saunders of Reiss & Goodness Engineers reported on progress for a housing rehabilitation grant for Hillsboro. She suggested that the area targeted for the grant be narrowed to an area bordered by First and Second streets and Madison and Lincoln streets.

“I’m not saying there aren’t other areas in need, but you can really make an impact in that area (by focusing more funds on a small area),” she said.

A pubic hearing will be held on the issue at the Feb. 20 meeting.

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