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Hillsboro Council holds hearing on block grant application
Money would be used on sewers, rehabilitation, possible new hospital location
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The Hillsboro City Council packed plenty of business into last week’s meeting, including a public hearing on a proposed Public Facilities application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $500,000.

The application, due on July 2, is for work needed on rehabilitation, storm sewers, and the possibility of a new hospital location. A consultant from Mid-States Associates was in attendance at the meeting to outline what information is needed for the application.

Later, in the business segment of the meeting, a resolution authorizing the submission of a CDBG Public Facilities Application was unanimously approved by the Council, along with a matching funds commitment.

There also was a Council discussion with Police Chief Tom Richardson on the pending sale of an old city squad car. It was decided that the squad will go on sale for $5,500 or best bid. If not sold, it will be offered as surplus for $3,000.

Other business

In other official business, the Council unanimously approved:

• A 2014 contract bid from S&S Concrete;

•  A hospital buy-back agreement amendment;

• A residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Plan;

• The sale of Tinker’s Bluff Lot #43 to Rustin and Shannon Chute.

Before closing the meeting, Mayor Greg Kubarski offered his congratulations and a salute to city employee John Wolf in the form of a longevity award for 10 years of service in the City Streets Department.

The mayor also called to attention the upcoming 100th anniversary of a land gift from the Albert Field family that became the Albert Field Memorial Park. It also will mark the opening of the new disk golf course right next to the park. Much of the new course was financed by contributions from local businesses and residents.