First lot sold in new Hillsboro Business Park

The Hillsboro City Council authorized the sale of the first lot in the newly platted Hillsboro Business Park during its Oct. 16 meeting.

Albert Reimer, veteran Hillsboro businessman, had asked to purchase Lot 1, Block 1 in HBP for $20,000. An earnest-money deposit on the property has been received by the city.

At a meeting earlier this year, Reimer had outlined his plan to build a new business there that would feature recreational vehicles that would appeal to ?lake-traffic? clientele driving to and from Marion Reservoir.

The new business park is located immediately east of North Ash Street between U.S. Highway 56 and the north boundary of the former AMPI property.

No timetable for the new development was announced.

Bill Callaway, representing the Kansas Power Pool, and David Shupe, representing Westar Energy, were on hand to present the base-load contract the two entities have agreed upon that will provide Hillsboro and other KPP members with electricity for the next 20 years.

KPP is a consortium of muni?cipalities that have banded together to increase their ability to negotiate more favorable energy prices from major utilities such as Westar.

Hillsboro?s previous agreement with Westar expired Oct. 1, but the company had agreed to continue providing energy at those rates until the new agreement is finalized and approved.

Callaway said the agreement is ?the best you can get at this time.? He added that, among other things, the agreement ?does not prohibit Hillsboro from negotiating with outside parties for its energy.?

Callaway and Shupe encouraged the council to study the 40-page document before taking action on it. In the meantime, the contract must first be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before it can be implemented, but Callaway said he does not foresee any objections to it.

The council did approve a conditional-use permit for the Cottonwood Valley Independent Baptist Church in Hillsboro for the purpose of using the commercial property at 108 W. C as a church building.

The building is presently zoned ?limited commercial.? The Hillsboro Planning Commission had recommended to the council that the permit be approved.

According to Plato Shepherd, pastor, the young congregation is averaging 25 to 30 attendees per week and is outgrowing its current location at 114 S. Main.

In other business, the council approved a contract with APAC Kansas to chip-seal 23,000 square yards and crack-seal 17,000 linear feet of city streets for a total cost of $65,016.

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