ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro City Council awarded Mies Construction of Wichita the bid for the Lincoln Street water-line project at its regular Tuesday meeting.
Mies, the same company presently doing the water-line work on Main Street, submitted the low bid of $267,169, which includes the use of 8-inch line.
The council has mandated 8-inch line for the purpose of fire protection. State funding, however, only covers the minimum requirement of a 6-inch line, City Administrator Steven Garrett said.
The city will pay the extra $21,113 out of its capital-improvement fund for the 8-inch line.
Two other bids were received for the project: $297,415 from APAC-Kansas and $309,244 from Rod’s Ditching. Engineer Bob Previtera had estimated the cost of the project at $313,110.
In other business, the council:
— approved Ordinance 1105 that authorizes improvements to the city’s water-treatment plant for the purpose of securing a $1.55 million grant from Rural Development and to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $1.92 million to finance the rest of the project.
— approved a temporary increase in the fee charged residents to use the city dump truck from $38 to $55. Residents can use the truck one time per year for no charge, but the fee of $55 will be assessed for each additional use.
The council will consider a permanent fee at a later meeting, along with other changes in the policy that are intended to discourage residents from using the truck for business-related ventures, particularly roofing projects.
The rate increase was necessary, the council decided, to ensure the city’s expenses were covered for fees, mileage and staff time.
— heard from Megan Kilgore, Hillsboro Management Board executive secretary, that responses from participants in the Kansas Walleye Association fishing tournament at Marion Reservoir May 1 were “excellent” in regard to the local hospitality efforts.
— authorized a change in the city personnel policy that defines a full-time work week from 32 hours to 40 hours, and a part-time work week from “less than 32 hours” to “less than 40 hours.”
The topic raised other issues that the council feels need to be updated in the manual, which will be reviewed at a later time.
With affirmation from other council members, Mayor Delores Dalke said once the policies are updated, they need to be enforced.
— met for an executive session with representatives from the HMB regarding a proposed “incubator building” to help grow fledgling businesses. No action was taken when the meeting resumed.
— met in execution session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel. No action was taken in public session.