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Hillsboro City Council meeting brief, but busy
Eight items, including financial report, are covered in 35 minutes
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In an uncharacteristically short business meeting Monday night, the Hillsboro City Council covered a number of business items in 35 minutes.

The regular monthly business meeting opened with the Third Quarter Financial Report presented by City Treasurer Lisa Johnson and accepted with only a few questions from the Council members.

The Council then unanimously approved a new auditing and accounting contract with Johnson Block and Company.

The Council also unanimously approved membership in the Vernon County Statewide Voter Registration System. City Clerk Sheila Schraufnagel explained that the system offers assistance in reporting election results through the use of the best available  technology equipment.

The Council also unanimously approved the appointment of Hillsboro’s 2014-2015 Election Inspectors after a report by Schraufnagel, who told the Sentry-Enterprise after the meeting that essentially the same people have handled elections for many years and she is always pleased with their good work.

Three raze order resolutions for real estate at 848 Water Ave, 850 Water Ave., and 118 Mechanic St. were given three-month extensions from 90 to 180 days on a unanimous vote by the Council.

In other business, the Council:

• Unanimously approved capping the Water Utility’s payment to the City of Hillsboro’s General Fund in lieu of taxes at $45,000.

• Unanimously approved a 2013 Budget Amendment Resolution dealing with unforeseen over budgeting.

• Unanimously approved a resolution denying participation in a Regional City Development Block Grant program. After changes in state leadership and discussions on the regionalization effort with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, the City of Hillsboro no longer believes it is in the best economic interest of the city to join the program due to the loss of local control and other restrictions.