Hillsboro to explore $4.3 million waterline replacement project

Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine introduced an estimated $4.3 million water department project targeted for 2018 during the Aug. 2 city council meeting.

The project could include waterline replacement at eight locations around the city, plus the required taps for each customer. It also includes installation of automatic meter readers.

“The first question that should pop into your mind is why are we discussing something that has 2018 (budget) impacts,” Paine told the council. “The project planning is complicated and will require some time to get all the pieces together.”

Paine said the city is looking into a “significant” grant/loan combination through USDA Rural Devel­op­ment to help fund the project.

“Our discussions with Rural Development over the next few months will give us an idea of what we can expect in a grant/loan and what we can afford from this list,” Paine said.

“In the future, there will be a bond issued if we proceed with any of the project elements.”

Paine said the original waterline project focused on Wilson and Kennedy streets, which has seen around 60 waterline repair projects over the past 15 years.

“As we looked at the big picture, we said let’s identify all that needs to be done and work from there,” Paine said. “So we have a big wish list.”

The council discussed elements of the project presentation but was not asked to take action at this time.

Itinerant sales policy

The council unanimously approved Ordinance 1272, which replaces the old ordinance addressing peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants.

Paines said the new ordinance updates terms and definitions, specifies license fees, describes information required for an application, the duration of each class of licenses, lists reasons to deny or revoke the license, outlines an appeal process, and defines exemptions from the license process.

Paine said the new ordinance was developed with the help of City Attorney Josh Boehm, City Clerk Jan Meisinger and Police Chief Dan Kinning.

Land exchange

Having approved an ordinance at its previous meeting to vacate a portion of the County Clerk’s Hillsboro Fourth Plate, the council authorized Mayor Delores Dalke to sign deeds transferring two tracts of land from Hillsboro resident Russell Groves to the city, and to sign the deed transferring one tract of land from the city to Groves.

The action completed a “land swap” between Groves and the city in an effort to correct a right-of-way situation along North Adams Street.

Paine said when the city redid the street a couple of years ago, engineers discovered that between Third Street and the water plant, the paved surface and right of way of the road were on both public right of way and private property.

Groves and the city have been working together to resolve the right-of-way issue.

Other business

In other business, the council met in executive session for about an hour regarding “confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of second parties.”

Jared Jost, president of the Salem Home Board of Directors, was included in the executive session. The council took no action when the public session resumed.

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