Hillsboro council passes ordinance for fall elections

The Hillsboro City Coun?cil unanimously approved Election Ordi?nance 1266 during a brief meeting, Jan. 19.

The ordinance formalizes the transition of elections for city offices from spring to fall, as was mandated by the Kansas Legislature last year.

The final draft of the ordinance did not retain a provision for reconstituting city government in the event of a cataclysmic disaster.

Council members said the idea of having appointed city staff serve as council members did not seem logical, and possibly illegal.

During the 12-minute meeting, the council also approved the purchase of a new forklift for the water department from Sellers Equipment of Wichita for $18,500, which was the lowest bid.

The council also approved a final payment of $41,450 to Maguire Iron Inc. for repairing the city?s smaller water tower,

The council met as the Public Building Commis?sion to approve the first payment on the bonds that were sold to enable the city to bring utilities to the construction site of the new hospital facility. The payment of $8,700.97 will be due March 1.

Under the agreement with HMC/CAH Consolid?ated Inc., the $1.3 million generated by the bond sale will be repayed by HMC/CAH over the life of its construction loan.

Councilor Brent Drig?gers was absent.

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