Students witness local government at Hillsboro Council

Seniors at Hillsboro High School came to the city council meeting on Tuesday to see local government firsthand. Their teacher, Darrel Knoll, came with them. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press
Seniors at Hillsboro High School came to the city council meeting on Tuesday to see local government firsthand. Their teacher, Darrel Knoll, came with them. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press
There were more members of the public than normal in attendance at the Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday. Students of a Hillsboro High School history class attended with their teacher Darrel Knoll in order to understand more about how local government works.

Knoll thanked Mayor Lou Thurston and City Administrator Larry Paine for speaking to his government class.

“I want to express my appreciation to you both. And I want to thank you and Anthony Roy for meeting with me and some of my students for ideas concerning projects we were doing for class,” said Knoll.

In addition to greeting the students, both Thurston and Paine and several of the council members explained the process as the meeting went on including how and when the mayor can vote on matters and why council member Jonah Goering could abstained from a vote regarding an invoice.

“Mr. Goering doesn’t vote on the payment of Elcon invoices since he is the owner,” said Thurston.

The students paid close attention and showed interest in the process.

The council met in executive session twice during Tuesday’s meeting. No decisions were made in either session.

In other business, the council approved:

◼ the renewal of 2019-2020 health insurance premiums for city employees.

◼ the payment of the water project bill for $88, 583.98.

◼ invoices for Triplett Woolf and Garretson, LLC for legal fees related to the ongoing hospital case.

◼ payment of Elcon services for $18.50.