Highway entrances could be made better
Hillsboro’s city council hopes to get work done on two entrances to the city from US-56.
Engineer Darin Neufeld presented Tuesday a grant proposal to add a deceleration lane along the south side of US-56 at the Elm St. intersection and replace pavement and cracked panel slabs of the former center island on the Ash St. intersection.
City council members approved the application to Kansas Department of Transportation.
If the grant is approved by KDOT, the cost to the city will be $26,244 of the $524,880 project.
“We’ll probably know in three to four months,” Neufeld said.
The work would begin after July 1, 2023.
Council members appointed economic development director Anthony Roy as a public officer to work with code enforcement issues.
Roy has been acting as a code enforcement officer working with city attorney Susan Robson, but had not been officially appointed to the role.
“We’re about to do some code enforcement with a property owner,” mayor Lou Thurston. “It’s pretty bad.”
In other business, council members:
- Set a strategic planning workshop for 7 p.m. March 23.
- Voted to accept health insurance from Freedom Claims Management, Inc.
- Updated job descriptions for city clerk, sewer and water trainee, and front desk clerk.
- Heard that work on a city walking trail past Hillsboro Community Hospital began Monday.
- Heard that the winner of Tuesday’s area youth entrepreneur competition was Hillsboro High School student Jessi Dalke, who operates a photography business, Jessi Kansas Photographer.