Hillsboro council creates fund for replacing fire equipment

The Hillsboro City Coun?cil approved at its Sept. 17 meeting the creation of a reserve fund to replace firefighting vehicles and equipment.

The action was required by the new fire-protection agreement between the city and five surrounding entities.

City Administrator Larry Paine reported that the Lehigh City Council had approved the agreement at its Sept. 12 meeting. The other partners?the city of Hills?boro and the townships of Lehigh, Liberty, Menno and Risley?approved it Aug. 20.

Under the agreement, the city of Hillsboro ?may purchase, acquire or improve any equipment apparatus which the city determines is necessary? to provide fire-protection services.

The fund was included in the city?s budget approved in July for 2014 in anticipation that all parties would approve the agreement, Paine said. It now becomes active with its official creation.

The fund will be used to collect revenues and make expenditures related only to the replacement of fire vehicles and equipment.

The agreement states that the city of Hillsboro ?may purchase, acquire or improve any equipment apparatus which the city determines is necessary? to provide fire-protection services.

The agreement also provides for the creation of an advisory board?appointed by the Hillsboro mayor and comprised of representatives from each participating entity?to make recommendations to the city regarding equipment needs.

Other business

In other business, the council:

? heard from Paine that Tabor College will be asking the city to vacate a portion of what is now the 400 block of South Madison Street so the college can close the street and develop a traffic circle there as part of a campus-improvement plan.

To ?vacate? means the property in question will no longer be owned and maintained by the city, but will become the private property of Tabor College.

A hearing on the request is on the agenda for the Sept. 26 meeting of the city?s Planning and Development Commission. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in city hall.

? approved Mayor Delores Dalke?s appointment of Eileen Unruh to the Salem Home Board of Direc?tors; she succeeds Jim Bren?nan, who has completed the maximum of three three-year terms.

? approved local ordinances adopting the 2013 versions of the Standard Traffic Ordinance and the Uniform Public Offense Code.

?When police officers use the STO and UPOC, having and using the most current edition makes cases going to court easier to adjudicate,? Paine said.

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