Council moves ahead on plan to resurface Main Street

The city’s engineer was given the green light at the March 6 Hillsboro City Council meeting to get firm figures about the cost of resurfacing most of Main Street later this year.

Bob Previtera, of Reiss & Goodness Engineers, said he had done a quick “windshield estimate” of the project and suggested a ballpark figure of $275,000 to complete the project, including professional fees.

Because of variances in the street itself, Previtera divided the project into three sections.

He projected a two-inch overlay for D Street to A Street would cost $102,000 with little curb-and-gutter work required.

The area from A Street to the former railroad tracks on North Main would require some curb-and-gutter work as well as lowering the existing crown on the street. The cost was estimated from $100,000 for a two-inch overlay to $135,000 for a four-inch overlay.

The final stretch from the railroad tracks to Third Street would require replacement of all curb and guttering and was estimated to cost $75,000.

The council agreed the project merited attention and approved a standard contract with Reiss & Goodness to begin the process of gathering firm estimates.

“The street is in bad shape,” Mayor Delores Dalke said.

“I’d hate to spend more money on another slurry overlay,” added Councilor Wendell Dirks. “It just doesn’t work.”

Dirks also suggested Previtera find out how much it would cost to replace a section of concrete in Ash Street near Casey’s General Store. Previtera was authorized by the council to get an estimate.

Later, the council talked with Brent Barkman of Barkman Honey Co., Inc., about drainage-easement issues in the Hillsboro Industrial Park.

Barkman said his company is prepared to purchase two more lots in the park, but wanted the easement issues to be addressed before making the purchase.

“It doesn’t suit me to buy property across an easement if I don’t know if I can get across it,” Barkman said.

The council agreed that they would vacate the existing easement after an appropriate site plan for the lots would be submitted to the city’s building inspector and engineer.

The council also considered preliminary estimates on what it would cost to improve drainage in the undeveloped areas of the industrial park. Without the work, at least three lots may not be able to be developed.

“It’s going to be very expensive to develop that part of the park,” Previtera said.

The cost of the project, divided into three parts, was estimated to be $123,000. That would include making major improvements on drainage channels and adding a gravity sanitary sewer system.

The council did not take action on the preliminary report.

In other business, the council:

— accepted a bid of $63,632, plus trade-in, for a new Freightliner trash truck with a Mercedes engine. Money for the purchase is available in the city’s budget.

— approved a contract to purchase the property at 219 N. Main for $1,500. The city will also pay the real estate taxes for 2000 and all years prior to that, which was computed to be $650.22.

— heard from Fire Chief Wayne Lowry that his department responded to 20 city calls, 20 rural calls and 10 mutual aid calls during 2000.

Lowry estimated damage from fires in 2000 at $60,650.

“I feel pretty good about the estimated loss,” he said.

Lowry said the department has 16 volunteer firefighters, six of whom have been certified for “Firefighter 1” status. He said one of his goals for 2001 is to certify more of his volunteers at that level.

— heard from City Administrator Steve Garrett that the city had received four or five inquiries about an automatic-payment plan the city might offer to its utility customers. He said he would need considerably more inquiries before it would be affordable to offer the program.

— heard from Garrett that he has begun looking into some remodeling ideas for city hall. Plans could include remodeling the office’s customer window to make it more user friendly and to add a brick facade to the west part of the building to match the east addition.

— heard from Garrett that Morgan Marshall of the water department was recently certified as a Class IV operator for both water and waste water.

— heard from Garrett that the former AMPI property at the north end of Main Street was now included as part of the city’s service area.

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