Hillsboro hires rec director

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The city of Hillsboro will have a new recreation director on the job as early as next month.

Doug Sisk, program director for the recreation department in Alva. Okla., for the past six years, will start his new position “in early October,” according to Steve Garrett, city administrator.

The Hillsboro City Council affirmed Sisk’s appointment at its Sept. 19 meeting.

Sisk is a 1991 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in parks and recreation management. He worked for the parks and recreation departments in Manhattan and Liberal before beginning his job at Alva in August 2000.

At Alva, Sisk worked with the ground-breaking of an 111-acre recreational facility and was responsible for all adult activities, the youth summer ball program, after-school program and special events.

“Doug’s experience in a variety of fields will add greatly to our existing programs,” Garrett said.

Sisk succeeds Matt Dalke, who resigned this summer to accept a teaching job.

Paint job for AMPI building

The city-owned facility known as the AMPI building will be getting a facelift in the near future with the council’s approval of a bid to paint the structure at a cost of $36,680.

The low bid came from Koehn Painting Co. LLC of Newton. Repass Painting of Wichita had bid the job at $39,500.

The council discussed whether the project should proceed as soon as possible or wait until some of the “junk” on the property was first removed.

Councilors Matt Hiebert, Shelby Dirks and Len Coryea voted to move ahead with the project; Councilor Byron McCarty voted to have the junk removed first.

Hire for inspections

The council hired its own consulting firm of Reiss & Goodness Engineers to do the inspection work required on the new street being put in as part of the church construction project in Prairie Pointe.

MKEC, the engineering firm working with residential developer Marv Schellenberg and the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, had not included inspection as part of its contractual obligation.

Mayor Delores Dalke noted the situation will mean additional cost to the developers, but she said it would be to the city’s advantage to have its own engineering firm ensure the project “is up to our standard.”

The council also was informed that Middlecreek Corp. of Peabody, the company that will put in sewer, gas and water lines for the project, had moved its equipment on site without having a signed contract, a notice to proceed from the city or a preconstruction meeting with city officials and engineers.

In addition, the unsigned contract Middlecreek had submitted to the city for review did not include an end date for the project, according to City Attorney Dan Baldwin.

Garrett was told by the council to make sure the project did not move forward without the required documentation.

Pay for vehicle deductible

The council voted 3-1, with McCarty dissenting, to have the city pay the $656 deductible for damage that occurred to a pickup truck belonging to Martin Rhodes, the city’s code enforcement officer.

According to Garrett, city administrator, the damage occurred when Rhodes was using his vehicle to jump start the battery on a city-owned road grader. The grader was in gear at the time and struck the pickup when it started.

The council discussed the city’s policy regarding such claims before deciding to pay the amount because Rhodes uses his personal vehicle for city business, and was jump-starting the road-grader without assistance because he was reporting early for work.

Other business

In other business, the council:

decided to use the South Central Kansas Economic Development District as its grant administrator for the water-line project on Cedar and Birch streets-even though SCKEDD’s bid of $13,250 was $2,250 higher than a competing bid from Reese and Novelly P.A.

Noting that both bids were within the budget allowed for a Community Development Block Grant, Mayor Delores Dalke said said the city has experience working with SCKEDD and that rebuilding a relationship with the organization could be to the city’s advantage in the future.

heard that the fire department will use part of a $20,000 grant to acquire a lighter air canister for its breathing apparatus.

asked Garrett to get a second bid for an electric generator that could power city hall and the tornado sirens in the event of a power outage. An initial bid came in at $20,344.

agreed to have a credit-card reader added to the fuel dispenser at the airport as part of the current improvement project. The reader would cost $14,000 to $16,000. It would allow pilots to refuel without assistance but not without paying for the fuel.

approved the mayor’s appointment of Tracy Williams to the Marion County Economic Development Council, Lynn Hageman to the Tree Board, and Kyle Cederberg and Lawrence Ressler to the board of directors of Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

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