The Hillsboro City Council lost one of its members Monday night and added a “deputy mayor”…sort of.
Second Ward Councilman Mike Clark had to resign his position because he has moved to another ward.
Making the motion for his own resignation, Clark said it’s been an interesting and fun time, and he has enjoyed working with the group.
The unusual motion was seconded by Liz Parish, “with regrets.”
Mayor Greg Kubarski added, “It’s been great and I hope you’ll still stop by and see us. Remember, we’re only a write-in away.”
In the meantime, Kubarski introduced a special guest and invited her to be an unofficial Deputy Mayor for the meeting, with the assignment to read the topics listed on the official meeting agenda.
The guest, Brooklyn Strohmeyer, is a fifth grader who was disappointed when her class visited City Hall for a tour recently and Kubarski was not there. She has an interest in city government and expressed that she was hoping to meet the mayor.
When informed of the situation, Kubarski phoned and invited her to sit next to him on the Council and take part in the next meeting, which she gladly accepted.
It seemed like that meeting moved along a little smoother than normal, and most of those in attendance were hoping they would some day have a chance to vote for her.
During the business session of the meeting, the Council unanimously approved the Department of Administration CDBG-PF Contract for the Mechanic-Harrison Street project for $500,000.
It also unanimously approved a new waste hauling contract with Southwest Sanitation. It includes a slight increase of about $1 per month per customer.
Kubarski reminded citizens that scavenging garbage and recycled material is illegal because it is the property of Southwest Sanitation when on the curb, unless marked otherwise.
Amendments to the Hillsboro Area Fire Association Agreement that were accepted at the last Association meeting were also unanimously approved. Kubarski, who is president of the Association, pointed out that they are the first amendments in many years.
The Council also approved two operator’s licenses and changing the agent on Station 2 Pub’s Class B liquor license.