Hillsboro council gets update on street work

30-40 volunteers showed up several times to help the City of Hillsboro relay the historic bricks on the newly paved roads. City Administrator praised them at the city council meeting last week. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press
30-40 volunteers showed up several times to help the City of Hillsboro relay the historic bricks on the newly paved roads. City Administrator praised them at the city council meeting last week. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press
The Hillsboro City Council met on Tuesday, Aug 6. Mayor Lou Thurston was out of town so the meeting was led by Council President Brent Driggers.
City Administrator Larry Paine gave an update on the many street construction projects going on around town.
“On the East Grand Street project, we are primarily working with the historic bricks.We’ve got concrete poured to Jefferson and just today they were pouring sidewalk on the north side of Grand, between Jefferson and Washington. Yesterday they poured curb and gutter on the south side. We will be finishing the brick laying process on that tonight in front of the school,” said Paine. “Then we have about another 130 feet on the next block from the Schaeffler House to the alley to complete before we lay the brick there.”
Paine went on to praise the community for all of the hard work they have done.
“Something to point out to the character of this community, we’ve asked for help laying out the bricks and we have had 30-40 people show up every night to help with it. And many of the same people come out. It’s really kind of special to see people in the community taking pride and building their own streets so to speak.”
Paine also gave an update on the construction going on near the elementary school. He reported that the work being done on South Wilson and A has been accomplished.
The construction north of the same intersection will begin the second half of August. 1st street will also be closed and under construction. Letters will be going out to residents who will be impacted.
The project on West Grand Street is also continuing. The asphalt will be getting started in another week or so.
“I am pleased with the construction going on Grand Street,” said Paine.
The council also heard from Paine regarding some inefficiencies with the trash pickups.
Paine emphasized the importance of residents following the guidelines for the trash containers. Due to the new trash truck being operated by one person, most bulky items are too heavy for one person to load into the truck.
Bulky items that do not fit into the provided trash cart, need to be hauled away if possible. Otherwise, contact the city at 620-947-3162 to arrange a pickup. There are fees involved for this service.
In other business, the council:
◼ authorized payment of $6,825.36 for the water system improvements reimbursement for KDHE.
◼ authorized Paine to sign the payment voucher for KDOT to pay the engineering fees for the Highway 56/Industrial Intersection project.
◼ authorize payment on the East Grand project be paid to Hett Construction in the amount of $159,626.20.
◼ authorize payment request on the East Grand project in the amount of $159,626.20 be paid to Hett Construction.
◼ authorize payment on the waterline streets project in the amount of $25,984.19 be paid to Vogts-Parga.
◼ approved payment of $203.84 to Elcon.
◼ authorized payment of $4,118.00 for hospital bankruptcy legal work.
◼ authorized awarding the bid of $744, 125.00 for the water meter project to Goins Enterprises. The original preliminary estimate was $1,371,600.00 so this was roughly half of the original estimate
◼ approved resolution 2019-06 adopting the Kansas Homeland Security Region G Hazard mitigation plan which has to do with flooding.