During the agenda-driven portion of the March 7 meeting, the Hillsboro City Council:
• appointed Councilor Brent Driggers to represent the interests of Hillsboro, along with Paine, on an advisory task force to discuss a three-party intergovernmental structure involving Hillsboro, Marion and Marion County for the purpose of exploring the feasibility of a regional water system.
The regional concept would have the Hillsboro water treatment plant provide water for Hillsboro and some other communities in the county.
• approved a request from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce to close the 100 block of North Main Street from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, to set up for the Chamber’s Community Block Party. Verlenia Hall, office manager, said last year’s event drew about 400 people and 520 food items.
The time of the block party itself will be 5:30-8 p.m.
• approved renewing the city’s liability insurance policy with IMA Inc. for a premium of $91,707; last year’s premium was $88,086.
• accepted a bid from Central National Bank for 2.91 percent for financing a Case front-end loader, the purchase of which had been approved at the previous council meeting.
Other banks submitting a bid were Kansas State Bank, Hillsboro State Bank, Emprise Bank and Marion National Bank.
• heard Paine report that Hillsboro had defeated its first-round opponent, Halstead, in this year’s Kansas Hometown Showdown hosted by the League of Kansas Municipalities.
A photo of Hillsboro’s downtown business district at Christmas drew more Facebook “likes” than the photo submitted by Halstead.
Sixty-four cities are participating in the statewide contest. Hillsboro’s next opponent is Bonner Springs. The photo that survives to the end will appear on the cover of a future edition of the Kansas Government Journal, Paine said.
• heard from Paine that city crews this week were replacing the high-pressure sodium bulbs with LED bulbs in the street lights lining the downtown business district.
Paine said LED bulbs emit a brighter white light rather than yellow-ish light of the sodium bulbs, use less electricity and last more than 10 times longer than traditional high-pressure sodium bulbs.
LED bulbs had previously been installed in Hillsboro Heights, Paine added.