Hillsboro City Council approves runway improvements

The Hillsboro City Council met on Tuesday, Sept 17. City Administrator Larry Paine was not there as he was returning from a trip out of the country. Mayor Lou Thurston lead the meeting and all of the council members were there.

One of the main topics was related to FY21 the Kansas Airport Improvement Program for the Alfred Schroeder Field at the Hillsboro Municipal Airport.

“At this point, the total project cost would be a $112,550.00. This is a 90/10 proposal so the city would be responsible for 10 percent plus 100 percent of the design engineering fee. So the total city responsibility if this grant is approved is $16,250,” said Mayor Lou Thurston.

The project will seal the cracks that have formed on the runway and will help slow down the deteriorating of the asphalt surfaces throughout the airfield. This process will ultimately save they city money.

The council voted to submit the grant request.

In other business, the council:

&#9724 decided to go through the Marion National Bank for lease/purchase financing for the electric pole digger truck since the bank offered the lowest interest rate of 3.07 percent on the lease amount of $249,045.00 with a term of 14 semi-annual payments of $19,904.42 for a total annually of $39,808.84.

&#9724 approved the payment of several bills

&#9724 heard from Gregory Vahrenberg regarding the Bond Market information for Hillsboro. The council then voted to adopted Ordinance No. 1302 authorizing the issuance of the City’s General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series B, 2019 for the purpose of providing funds to refund and redeem the refunded bonds.

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