City of Hillsboro announces new 1-gigabit speed internet plan

Hillsboro high school students attended Tuesday’s city council meeting where they heard about plans for faster and more reliable internet.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4 the Hillsboro City Council meeting was full of exciting news about the council moving forward in an agreement with Tri County Wireless (TCW) to provide Hillsboro residents and businesses with up to 1-gigabit speed. They will develop a fiber network to serve Hillsboro customers.

This is big news for the town that currently struggles with reliable internet service.

Mayor Lou Thurston said “I am pleased to be working with a company that has demonstrated a commitment to their customers for over 75 years. This agreement will put Hillsboro on the forefront of communities where people and businesses want to relocate. High-speed internet is the foundation for communities that want to be known as progressive.”

The council approved the memorandum of understanding with TCW to construct fiber to the premises within Hillsboro city limits with internet service.

If needed, the city will consider issuing revenue bonds to help with the cost of the project.

Final payment on hospital litigation

The Public Building Commission also met and authorized payment to the Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC law firm for the final payment regarding the hospital litigation. The final payment was for $8,368.40.

Litigation lasted for close to a year and ended up costing the city a total of $89,833. As a result of the litigation, the city was able to save Hillsboro Community Hospital from closure.

In other business, the council:

n authorized the purchase of a 2019 Ford Chassis small bucket truck for the Electric Department for $130,908.52 which will be financed through a lease-purchase contract.

n approved the award of the $15,000 demolition bid of the parish houses on S. Washington to Dalke Construction. The houses currently stand where the new community splash pad area where be located.

n learned that they received a reimbursement request for the KDHE water project. The reimbursement amount is $205,457.98.

n heard from city attorney Josh Boehm who is working on the downtown sidewalk ordinance. The council approved for the document Boehm is working on to be sent to the planning commission to make amendments in the zoning code.

n authorized payments of several invoices.