Council approves Scout House repair

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil accepted a bid of $27,386 during its July 5 meeting to pursue needed repairs to the Scout House in Memorial Park.

City Administrator Larry Paine said the rails and deck on the east side of the building were failing and needed to be replaced.

“One of the key issues that needs attention is the attachment of the deck to the building, which either is missing or was not installed,” Paine said.

The project, once completed, will bring the structure into compliance with current building codes.

“Codes may have been different when the original deck was installed,” Paine said. “Now there is a require­ment that makes the deck an integral part of the building.”

The winning bid was submitted by Wiebe Siding & Remodeling of Hillsboro over a bid of $36,622 from Jantz Con­struc­tion of Tampa.

The project also includes replacing three entry doors.

Other business

In other business, the council:

• received the 2015 budget audit report prepared by Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball of McPherson. Julia Won­dra, senior manager who presented the report, said the outcome was a “clean opinion,” meaning that budget statements were correct.

At the same time, Wondra and her associate, Grace Huxman, did cite nine recommendations to improve operational and administrative efficiencies and internal control.

• accepted the descriptions of four new utility easements from Tabor College that were created when the city relocated portions of the water line on the college campus to accommodate the construction of its baseball locker room and indoor practice facility in December.

• accepted Ordinance 1270, which reflects changes made to the Insurance Pro­ceeds Fund during the most recent legislative session.

The statute allows cities to temporarily withhold a percentage of the insurance settlement as motivation for a property owner to take action that prevents damaged properties from becoming a blight in the community.

“We have used this fund several times in the past few years to get property cleaned, repaired or razed before returning funds to the property owner,” Paine said.

The local ordinance is based on a model written by the League of Kansas Muni­cipalities.

• set the public hearing for the 2017 city budget for 4 p.m. Aug. 2.

• heard Paine report on a 21⁄2 hour on-site visit he had that morning with representatives from the Kan­sas State Historic Preser­­vation Office regarding funding for potential repair and maintenance issues with the city museums.

Water in the Adobe House basement recently had prompted speculation that the pioneer dwelling may have foundation issues. But Paine said the state official inspected the foundations of both the Adobe House and Schaeffler House and concluded the foundations were in good shape.

• Councilor David Loe­wen was absent from the meeting.

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