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Clarks night to remember
Hillsboro police officer receives longevity award and new patrol vehicle from City Council
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Along with an Employee Recognition Award for Longevity, Hillsboro Police Sergeant Pat Clark also received an unusual bonus from the City Council when it approved the purchase of a 2014 Ford Expedition to replace the car that carries Canine Corps officer Teagan.

Clark was honored with a plaque for 20 years of service on the Hillsboro Police Department and some appreciative words from Mayor Greg Kubarski, including “It doesn’t seem like 20 years since he was hired!” Everyone in attendance at the meeting, including the Council members, certainly agreed with that statement.

The new police vehicle cost $27,633 and payments will be made over five years under a Ford Municipal Purchasing Program. After five years, it can be purchased by the city for $1.

An extra advantage for the Police Department is the fact that current equipment, including the canine cage, can be easily transferred from the old car.

Although it wasn’t discussed at the meeting, it has been learned that Police Chief Tom Richardson will also be allowed to use the car, with Teagan’s permission, of course!

The Council also unanimously approved a new Geographic Information System (GIS) designed to capture , store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data, such as city infrastructure and utilities.

The total investment by the city over time will be $19,000, according to the budget.

A three-year tractor rental agreement with Hillsboro Equipment at a cost of $8,700 for 100 hours of use was also unanimously approved by the Council. Over 100 hours of use will cost $60 per hour. The city will use a new John Deere 617OR tractor with a front hitch and PTO.

A snow hauling contract with Southwest Sanitation of Viroqua to provide trucking services for $70 an hour was renewed with unanimous confirmation from the Council.

In other action, the Council:

• Unanimously approved a Retail Sidewalk Use Permit for Hillsboro Floral.

• Unanimously passed an amendment to the Flood Plain Zoning Ordinance that will adopt a Dam Failure Analysis Map.