City will use project funds for new lift stations

The Hillsboro City Council agreed at its Nov. 17 meeting to purchase lift stations for the wastewater-treatment system from funds leftover from the laggoon project completed earlier this year.

The new lift stations, to be purchased for $212,637, will replace ones located at the Lutheran cemetery along Adams Street, at Third and Cedar streets, in the industrial park and near Alco.

A fifth lift station, located at Willow Road and Juniper, will be rehabilitated instead of replaced. The overall cost of the lift-station project was estimated at $653,740 once labor was included.

The council approved the city partnership with up to three other local entities for a position on the new Free Press Web site currently under construction.

Clint Seibel, executive director for the Hillsboro Develop?ment Corp. and Hillsboro Ventures Inc., said the city and HDC/HVI would likely share the cost of the ?fixed tile? with the Hillsboro Community Founda?tion and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

The cost to each entity would be between $30 and $38 a month for one year. By clicking on the tile, the user would be taken to a ?landing page,? where he or she could click on the specific entity desired.

During the discussion, the council agreed that its own Web site needs rejuvenation. Mayor Delores Dalke said user visits have dropped off considerably in recent months because the information on the site isn?t updated on a regular basis.

Other business

In other business, the council:

n authorized City Admini?strator Larry Paine to investigate the cost of renting a paddle scraper for some ?mass grading? of dirt at the newly designated Hillsboro Business Park.

Paine said moving the dirt now will save the city money in the long run as the park continues to develop in the future.

Paine said city street superintendent Dale Dalke has had considerable experience using a paddle scraper and will be asked to complete the project.

Asked about the status of the plan to build a new Midway Motors facility in the business park, Paine said he was told the site plan for the dealership has been approved, but General Motors is still reviewing the building plan.

n approved an agreement to lease a skid loader from White Star Equipment and finance the required $3,900 with First Bank of Sterling. Last year?s one-year lease cost $4,650.

n set 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, for a public hearing regarding fund adjustments needed for the 2009 budget. The routine changes to specific line items reflect expenditures that were unforeseen when the budget was approved in summer 2008. By state law, line-item adjustments cannot affect the city?s overall budget authority for the year.

n approved renewing a liquor license for the La Cabana restaurant on Main Street subject to the city office receiving the license from Topeka.

n heard Dalke report on her attendance at the recent National League of Cities meeting.

As part of what she heard at the sessions, Dalke suggested the city consider organizing free tax service for residents who qualify for earned income credits. She said such people often do not file to receive the credits. By helping them file, the city would benefit from the additional federal dollars entering the local economy.

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