Property still topic of discussion for Hillsboro Council

The Hillsboro City Council discussed the property at 312 W. Grand Ave., and a request was made for a two-week delay because legal counsel for the owners couldn’t attend the Dec. 3 meeting.

City administrator Larry Paine said the property has not been brought back to the condition outlined by Ben Steketee, code enforcement officer, and Josh Boehm, city attorney.

Paine recommended the issue be brought back on Dec. 18.

“I think the direction that we need from (Dick and Carla) Hein, and their attorney, is that we are at the point of needing to see evidence of work being completed,” he said.

“One of the things we need to do is give (Boehm) direction.”

Boehm talked about what work has been completed at the property.

“Right after we published the resolution, they removed all the old house wrap from the new addition and replaced damaged sheeting,” he said.

The Heins also sided the garage and didn’t do anything to the back of the house, Boehm said.

Some issues involved the weather, but there are still other issues that could be done to include trimming out the windows, sealing the garage doors, and the rest of the siding, he said.

Mayor Lou Thurston said he has heard “stories” that the contractor stopped working because he hasn’t been paid.

Boehm said he didn’t know that.

Thurston said he did want to know if there was anything to that.

In addition, Thurston asked about the money still owed on the house and if the creditor has reached out to Boehm.

According to the list presented to the Heins of things needing to be done, Boehm said Steketee said nothing on that list was done.

The council recessed the public hearing until 6 p.m. on Dec. 18.

In other business, the council:

◼ approved payment to J&S Construction of $74,901 on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment water project and about $12,000 to EBH Engineering.

“With this payment, we have $361,660 on the contract,” Paine said.

◼ approved renewal applications on five cereal malt beverage licenses to include Dollar General, Casey’s General Store, Ampride, Hillsboro Golf Association and El Lorito Mexican Restaurant.

◼ approved paying an invoice to Elcon Services for $91 for switch plates and box extensions the electric department requested.

◼ approved allocating a 2 percent cost of living salary adjustment in 2019 for all city employees. Paine said the money is already in the budget.