Driggers to represent Hillsboro on regional team

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.