Street may be shut down for carnival rides

Staff writer

Hillsboro City Council members agreed Tuesday to allow the Marion County Fair Board to close a portion of D Street between Birch and Date Streets for carnival rides at the county fair July 23 through 26.

Fire Chief Ben Steketee said the fair board was not exactly sure yet if it would need to shut the street down. There is uncertainty about which kind of rides will be at the fair, but the board wanted to make sure it had the option in case.

Also discussed was police surveillance at the event. Officers on duty would be on regular shift while another would work overtime to cover the closed street.

“We should be able to do that,” Mayor Delores Dalke said. “The fair brings a lot of people to town.”

In other business:

  • Council members agreed to pay for a portion of C Street to be fixed for Tabor College, using money that was set aside in a previous agreement regarding S. Wilson Street.
  • Council members agreed to adopt the resolution for the South-Central Kansas hazard mitigation plan, which covers 18 counties. County emergency manager Randy Frank said the plan, already paid for through a grant, identifies hazards within the community and how to handle them. Frank said he had yet to visit Durham, Florence, Goessel, Lehigh, and Tampa to cover each community within the county.
  • Members approved administrator Larry Paine’s recommendation to accept a bid of $35,948 from Hillsboro Ford for a fire and rescue truck cab and chassis.
  • A five-year financing bid from Hillsboro State Bank was approved at 2.245 percent interest for a replacement of a rural pumper fire truck, and a rescue truck already in service.
  • Dalke delayed all board appointments to the next council meeting.
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