City Council Recap

The following is a summary of the issues discussed and decisions made

at the June 6 regular meeting of the Hillsboro City Council. Those

present were Mayor Delores Dalke, and council members Leonard Coryea,

Wendell Dirks, Mike Padgett and Clariece Schroeder. The council:

— following a public hearing, approved a resolution in regular

session allowing industrial revenue bond exemption for Countryside

Feed. This was the second public hearing on the matter because the the

original hearing in December was not held on the published date. With

no public comment on the matter, the council reentered regular session

and approved the resolution.

— approved hiring a replacement police officer for Officer Byron

McCarty, who will be retiring. McCarty will work through the end of

this month, after which he will be on vacation until October. The

council gave Police Chief Dan Kinning permission to hire an officer

without coming before the council for prior approval.

— decided to hold the annual picnic for city employees during the

first part of August.

— was told Fire Chief Wayne Lowry has closed the burn site through

wheat harvest because of the potential for wheat fires.

— approved purchasing a blood pressure monitor for $2,500 to $3,000

for the ambulance. Emergency Medical Products bid a price of $2,789

and Moore bid $2,850. The Emergency Medical Services department will

decide which monitor will best serve the department?s needs.

— was informed Peabody will be opening bids for the waterline project

July 18. Peabody will be getting their water through the Hillsboro

Water Department.

— approved a motion allowing Country Haven Inn to use the swimming

pool for $150 a year for a one-year period. The lease will enable

motel guests to swim at the pool without charge. The same offer will

be available to the Hill Crest Motel.

— appointed Sonya Fisher to the Convention and Visitors Bureau board.

— approved an ordinance establishing the office of city


— discussed the city?s policy on payment of late bills. Padgett

suggested capping the late fee up to a certain amount for businesses

because of the higher cost to businesses. Currently, the policy is to

charge 10 percent of the bill. If it is the first time in a two-year

period the payment was late, it can be forgiven. The council will look

at how much has been forgiven and what can be done with the computer

program to change the billing.

— was given a rough draft of the new nuisance ordinance. Council

members were asked to forward their comments to the

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