Hillsboro council approves sewer bid

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil, during its Dec. 19 meeting, accepted a bid of $99,300 submitted by Nowak Con­struction of Goddard to install the sewer line in the housing subdivision being developed by Russell Groves on the north side of town.

Darin Neufeld, city engineer with EBH & Associ­ates, said the recent bid solicitation generated significantly lower bids than were originally projected. Six bids were submitted.

The sewer line will serve the homes projected for the subdivision as well as the Grace Community Church facility. The city also has a stake in the project.

In other business, the council:

• adjourned for a public hearing regarding budget amendments for 11 city funds in the 2017 budget.

“Budget amendments are needed because priorities change and additional funds become available for projects that were not anticipated during the budget preparation stage in May to August 2016 when the budget was prepared,” City Administra­tor Larry Paine said.

• heard Paine update the progress of funding options for the city’s proposed water bond project. Paine said, following a conversation with Don Hellar of EBH & Associ­ates, that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment would be offering a much lower interest rate than the Rural Develop­ment Admini­stration, a federal program that is still waiting to see if Congress will fund its program. Paine said he would proceed to send out bid requests to potential companies.

• returning to the council session, the council voted 4-0 in public session to submit the 11 budget amendments as proposed.

• voted 4-0 to accept a bid award of $40,960 from Foley Equipment for a Caterpillar skid loader to replace the current John Deere loader.

Dale Dalke, street superintendent, said he expects the new machine to be on site by February when the former agreement expires.

• approved a 2018 cereal malt beverage license for El Lorito restaurant.