The Hillsboro City Council again met with a packed room thanks to the special purpose vehicle ordinance being on the agenda for the Jan. 7 meeting.
Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning spoke about his concerns with the council allowing golf carts to not have safety lights.
“I firmly believe there should be minimal light requirements during the day, such as brake lights and turn signals. As one of those responsible for the overall safety of the community, I believe this could be a serious safety issue. Allowing these vehicles to be operated, even during daylight hours, without basic safety equipment would create a safety hazard. It makes it difficult to determine whether a vehicle is stopping or to determine which direction they plan to travel at an intersection. My concern is not only for those operating the carts but for those sharing the roadway with them. I have done some research on lighting costs. There are several options available. They begin at around $50 for an aftermarket kit,” said Kinning.
The council voted to require basic safety lights such as lights and turn signals. They did approve for Tabor to be exempt in needing lights on their golf carts while driving on campus and across streets in crosswalks.
In other business, the council:
n approved payment of Hett Construction’s pay estimate #7 of $115,603.03.
n approved payment to EBH for street construction engineering in the amount of $12,365.52.
n authorized the purchase of a 2019 Ford Chassis small bucket truck for the Electric Department for $130,908.52 to be financed through a lease/purchase contract.
n heard from City Administrator Larry Paine that there has been a slight increase in sales tax growth in the past year.