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Utility work continues in Hoisington
City council receives work updates
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HOISINGTON — The Hoisington City Council covered a light agenda at Monday’s regular meeting.

While no action items were listed on Monday’s agenda, the council did receive updates from City Manager Jonathan Mitchell pertaining to water leaks and a recent issue with over-softening of the city’s water.

Mitchell said public work crews have been working diligently to address those issues and he hopes to have those resolved quickly. Mitchell said power plant staff continue preparation on the No. 8 engine replacement project.

On other matters, Mitchell informed the council that public works and electric crews have been assisting in infrastructure installation to service the new concession stand at the ball field. “The new concession stand and ball field are progressing well and the efforts of community volunteers are greatly appreciated,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell told the council that city staff continue to facilitate the closing on the Clara Barton Hospital project. Earlier this month, the Hoisington Public Building Commission approved revenue bonds in the amount of $15 million for an extensive project to renovate Clara Barton Hospital and Healthcare facilities.

In other business, city staff have been soliciting responses to request of quotations for work on the city swimming pool. Mitchell said the city has ordered all of the bikes for the Cardinal Cruiser bike-share program and expects to receive them by the end of this year. The city is also working to develop a brief video recognizing supporters of Hoisington’s disc golf course later this month.  

Mitchell said the EMS Department is still looking for volunteer technicians. A new proposal to attract technicians for weekend call duty is being distributed to active personnel this month. “Our staff will continue to promote this program until the coverage gaps are resolved,” he said.