Mayor welcomes back students

It’s back to school time and kids from Pre-School through Post-Secondary are headed back to the classroom. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our Tabor College students back to Hillsboro! With a consistently growing enrollment, Tabor College students, faculty and staff represent a significant portion of our community. A special welcome goes out to those that are first time Hillsboro residents. We want you to feel at home while you are here in Hillsboro and hope that you will take advantage of all that Hillsboro has to offer. From our restaurants and shopping opportunities to our museums, recreation programs and churches we welcome you “home” to Hillsboro.

Having a four-year, nationally recognized institution of higher learning here is a distinct advantage for Hillsboro over other small communities. It delivers not only educational opportunities (both on-campus and online), but significant cultural experiences that we would not otherwise be able to enjoy. I think we can all agree that the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts is a showplace for both Tabor and Hillsboro.

I appreciate the collaboration we have as a community with Tabor. Tabor and the City have collaborated on projects (such as our water tower) as well as has Tabor and USD410 (the Joel H. Wiens Stadium Complex). Tabor also supplies our High School students with college course credit options that help those planning on continuing their education to get a head start. Tabor’s Music Academy provides our community with music education opportunities for students of all ages and is another way that we and the college connect.

So welcome students, I hope to see you all out and about in Hillsboro!

D Street Update

I know it’s been frustrating to have had to work around the several D Street intersection closings while Hett Construction has been completing the drainage and approach improvements we needed to make prior to the Mill & Overlay project starting. We are almost done; finishing on Washington St. soon and one more near the Prairie Pointe intersection. I wanted to also update you on the actual plan for the Mill & Overlay portion. Right now (weather permitting) we are looking at Pearson Construction starting the milling and full depth patching portion on Tuesday, September 4th. It is planned to be completed by Friday, September 14th. The overlay will then start no later than Monday, September 17 and is planned for completion by Friday, September 21 (weather permitting).

For the duration of this project I would ask everyone to be aware of the construction and especially watching out for all those working on our streets. Also, I would strongly encourage our Tabor students, faculty and staff to be very aware and to keep safety in mind as you cross D Street during this time of construction.

Water Project Update

I signed the contract for water line improvements last week. Again we were able to come in well under our engineer’s estimate on this project. The low bid, provided by J & K Contracting of Junction City, KS was over $400,000 under our estimated cost of $1.4 million. We have been extremely fortunate over the last several projects with them coming in under budget. We hope that can continue.

The project will begin in late September and is planned for completion (weather permitting) in early 2019. The project will begin at 1st and Adams streets going east to Wilson then south to D Street, then C St. east to Eisenhower, then Kennedy St. north to A St. For this first part of the project we are hoping to have an information sharing meeting with all residents that will be affected by these improvements. We will keep you informed as this gets closer.

I’m excited about all the improvements we are making, I hope you are too!