Hillsboro City Council looking to sell Lincoln St. residential lots

The Hillsboro City Council authorized its city administrator at its Jan. 19 meeting to come up with a formula for setting a selling price for empty residential lots the city owns at the north end of Lincoln Street.

City Administrator Larry Paine said the city has owned six 50 x 150-foot empty lots for several years after acquiring them to remove dilapidated houses from them. To this point, no decision had been made about to do with the lots.

Paine said recently the city had received an inquiry from someone thinking of building one or more duplexes on the property.

Mayor Delores Dalke, who is a real estate broker, said the city has ?almost no places? to build duplexes because of the deeds and restrictions that regulate most subdivisions in town.

?Any new development in that area would held the neighborhood,? Dalke said.

The council agreed that it would be in the city?s best interest to sell the lots, even though the city will never get back the money it invested to clear the properties.

Rather than determine an arbitrary price for the lots, the council authorized Paine to come up with a formula based on square footage that would give the city some consistency in establishing prices in the future.

On another matter, the city approved the purchase of a 13-foot utility trailer for Circle D. Corp. in Hillsboro for $2,275. The trailer will be used to safely tote the city?s lawn mower.

Councilor Shelby Dirks, one of the owners of Circle D. Corp., abstained from the vote, which passed 3-0.

No competitive quotes were solicited.

Paine said after the meeting that city staff had asked Circle D to provide a quote.

?Cities of the second class do not have formal bidding requirements, so we can secure products wherever we choose,? Paine said. ?A first-class city must do formal bidding for everything.?

The council also authorized Paine to solicit some initial advice about upgrading the city?s Web site from Matt Esau, a Hillsboro native who owns his own Web design business in Mishawaka, Ind.

The council also approved Mayor Dalke?s appoint of Lola Unrau as a representative for Hillsboro on the Marion County Economic Develop?ment Council.

At its Jan. 5 meeting, the council approved several other mayoral appointments and reappointments to civic boards: Sue Wadkins, Frances Walls, Brenda Coryea and Kathy Rector to the Convention & Visitors Bureau; Pam Buller to the Hillsboro Housing Authority; David Marsh and Jared Jost to the Hillsboro Airport Board; Jim Elliott, Cynthia Fleming and Nicole Suderman to MCEDC; Barb Nowak to the Hillsboro Recreation Commis?sion; and Dale Dalke and Eric Rector to the Hillsboro Tree Board.

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