City buys codebooks, pays engineering costs

Staff writer

A stack of 10 new building codebooks for 2012 greeted Hillsboro City Council members from the back counter Tuesday at their regular meeting.

“We ordered three sets that will cost a total of $3,000 to get us where we need to be,” City Administrator Larry Paine said. “It will be some heavy reading for someone. After Ben (Steketee) goes through them, we will have a review and come back to the council agenda for code adoption.”

The city has not adopted new building codes since 2006.

Council members approved a city payment of $14,087 for their portion of the Safe Routes to School program.

“We agreed to split the costs with the school and this is for the engineering expenses,” Paine said.

Council member Marlene Fast asked what, exactly, needed to be engineered at that rate.

“It is not as simple as one might think,” Paine said. “They have to design street sections, sidewalk sections, curbs, etc., to Kansas Department of Transportation engineering standards.”

Paul Stoner of Evans, Bierly, Hutchinson and Associates prepared the engineering portion of the Safe Routes to Schools grant. He provided the contract design of the 2013 project for a total fee of $28,175.

In other business:

  • Council members approved an additional $150 per month car allowance to Paine, in lieu of a raise after his personnel evaluation.
  • Members approved Paine’s recommendation to pay a portion of sprinkler system repair costs for city resident Don Isaac, whose property was damaged during recent city street construction and water line repair. The amount approved was $128.
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