ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Mechanical bar screens got the nod over muffin monsters at the March 21 meeting of the Hillsboro City Council.
The two elements were presented as alternative components in bids to replace the city’s sanitary sewer outfall line.
The “muffin monster,” part of the current system, grinds up sewer solids before they can enter the city’s waste-water treatment plant.
The mechanical bar screen, meanwhile, would remove the solids from the system and compact them for transport to a landfill.
The bar screen was presented as a more desirable way for the city to go in the long run, but would add $81,300 to the low bid for the entire project to replace the outfall line.
The council decided to go with the mechanical bar screen now rather than adding it later, as would likely be required.
Once that issue was decided, the council accepted the total bid of $413,931 from APAC-Kansas to complete the project. Three other companies submitted bids, which ranged from $477,105 to $550,824.
In other action, the council:
— approved an insurance package from the Insurance Center in Hillsboro to cover city liabilities at a total premium of $33,497. The council asked that the policy be amended to include coverage of the city’s new electrical substation.
— authorized Mayor Delores Dalke to sign a proclamation that March 30 be declared Arbor Day in Hillsboro. Winners of the Arbor Day poster contest from Hillsboro Elementary School were on hand to observe the process and to exhibit their winning entries.
— approved paying $25,360 to Reiss & Goodness Engineers for services performed regarding the construction of a 24-inch sewer outfall line.
— approved an updated version of the city’s severe-weather procedures. In addition to sounding city sirens, the following were identified as places to notify of impending severe weather: Hillsboro Community Medical Center, Parkside Homes, Unified School District 410, Tabor College, Lucky Ducks Preschool, and Country Haven Inn.