Hillsboro City Administrator announces retirement

Larry Paine, Hillsboro City Administrator had big news to share at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

“I wanted to announce my plans to retire at the end of June 2020,” said Paine during his Administrator’s report.

“I would like to express my appreciation to Delores Dalke and the city council who offered the position to me 12 years ago. I received great support with the work they wanted me to attend to,” said Paine.

He also thanked Mayor Lou Thurston and the current council for all of their support, particularly with his medical needs early in their term when he battled cancer.

“Before the election, I promised Mayor Lou two years. With this schedule, I will live up to my commitment. The staff I inherited have been wonderful to work with. We needed to overcome the fear of acting independently. They now act as department heads should. They have received the support to bring their departments to the level they should be. The community has been wonderful to (wife) Susan and me. As an outsider, we have been welcomed and included. Many have expressed support for the work we have started and accomplished. I have to conclude this list with the support I received from Susan my whole career.”

Paine explained that the timing of his announcement had a number of reasons behind it.

“First, I have been told that when it is time to retire, you will know it. Those people are right and I know it is time. Second, given my recent health issues, I am experiencing a very good stretch. I would rather retire at this point and not have to be forced out because of bad health. Third, health insurance is important, too, with my decision. The City’s health insurance plan renewals July 1. Medicare contracts start January 1. I will have to pay the out of pocket maximum between July and December,” said Paine. “I know I don’t want to wait that long.”

The timing now gives the council the opportunity to recruit a new city administrator. They have hired Osenbaugh Consulting to do all of the legwork in the search.

In other business, the council:

n approved ordinance 1307 allowing for the operation of special purpose vehicles on city streets and requiring lighting on the vehicles.

n approved charter ordinance 21 setting the date for swearing-in newly elected officials to be the first Tuesday in January.

n approve a memorandum of understanding between TC Wireless and the City of Hillsboro to provide fiber cable internet to the community. Hillsboro will assist TC Wireless with issuing Economic Development Revenue Bonds. TC Wireless asked the city to pay the issuance costs of approximately $50,000.

n authorized Goins Enterprises to install a new water pipe on Jefferson Street between Grand and First Street in the amount of $67,785.00.

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