City council OKs reimbursement for hospital improvements

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro City Council, at its regular Tuesday meeting, approved reimbursements for modeling expenses and the purchase of new equipment at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

Mike Ryan, HCMC chief executive officer and administrator, presented three bills for work done in connection with the hospital’s entrance and front-office-renovation project.

An invoice from Coonrod & Associates Construction Co. Inc. of Wichita charged $82,128 for construction work, Triad Manufacturing Inc. of Salina asked for $8,801 for office furnishings, and Wichita the architectural firm of Howard & Helmer was owed $1,900. The council approved the reimbursement of those bills through Public Building Commission funding.

Ryan said he expected a few more reimbursable expenses to still come in on the $500,000 project. About $350,000 of the total expenses of the project were covered through the state’s tax-credit program.

HCMC was given the green light to purchase a new coagulation system for its laboratory from Beckman Coulter at a net cost of $11,200. The hospital will receive a $4,800 allowance for trading in its current system, which Ryan said had become obsolete.

The new system will perform the same lab tests as the old one. Ryan said the tests are essential for monitoring patients on blood thinners, screening patients for cardiac and stroke therapy, and diagnosing blood-clotting-factor deficiencies.

Updating city policies

The council updated two city policies as recommended by City Administrator Steve Garrett.

The revised Policy 67 clarifies the council’s position on purchases made by the city.

The new policy reaffirms local purchases when possible, but when more than one bid has been received, selection shall be made “on the basis of the best quote, taking into consideration price, history of service, quality of product and availability.”

The policy also states that local bidders “be granted a 10 percent differential on price,” but that the aforementioned considerations be factored in as well when choosing the best bid.

The second updated policy, No. 11, addresses severe-weather procedures. Specially, Garrett presented a revised list of locations that city staff will attempt to directly notify about impending weather threats.

The list includes HCMC, Parkside Homes, Unified School District 410, Tabor College, Country Haven Inn and Vogt’s Hometown Market.

The latter two locations, situated in Hillsboro Heights, are new to the list. Garrett said Hillsboro Heights is not yet served with a warning siren.

Even though sirens are intended primarily to warn people out of doors, Garrett said this list of sites was chosen because numerous people likely would be within their walls and require time to prepare themselves for potentially dangerous weather.

Other business

In other matters, the council:

  • approved Resolution 2006-01, which makes the annual declaration that the city is exempting itself from “general accepted accounting principles” in the preparation of financial reports and statements issued for fiscal year 2005.
  • approved paying membership dues of $2,470 to continue the city’s association with Kansas Municipal Utilities, based in McPherson.

    KMU monitors electric, water and natural-gas issues for member cities, and serves as the “home” for the Kansas Power Pool, a consortium of area municipalities that have banded together for energy purchases. Hillsboro joined KPP this past fall. KMU dues are based on the number of kilowatt hours a city uses.

  • authorized Council President Shelby Dirks, acting in the absence of Mayor Delores Dalke, to sign documents enabling the city to move ahead with a new round of airport improvements. The project will add a heli-port, taxi-way and tie-down space.
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