Celebrate Thanksgiving the entire year

Giving thanks

The official “Thanksgiving” holiday is now behind us, but giving thanks should be a year-round activity. We have a lot to be thankful for in Hillsboro, and this Monday morning we had a great example of that. An armed and dangerous person was peacefully apprehended by our Hillsboro Police Department with the assistance of the Kansas Highway Patrol, Marion County Sheriff’s Department and officers from other Marion County communities. What led to a lock-down of our schools, and could have quickly become a very tragic situation, was avoided by the timely and brave intervention of our officers. While the rest of us were told to stay indoors behind locked doors, these officers ran toward the danger to protect us all. What a testament to their dedication to duty and their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way for us. On behalf of a grateful city, I offer them my sincere thanks and appreciation for a job well done!

Another opportunity to give thanks is coming this Tuesday (AKA Giving Tuesday). There are several worthy community organizations that will benefit from your generosity. Be sure to come to City Hall between 4 and 6 PM and check out the opportunities to give. I thank you in advance for your support of the Hillsboro community.

Getting around

There may be new ways for people to get around in Hillsboro soon! The City of Hillsboro is working on an ordinance that would allow UTV’s (Utility Vehicles), ATV’s (All-Terrain Vehicles), golf carts and other motorized vehicles to be operated on the streets of Hillsboro. The proposed ordinance will be published soon and we are planning to take it up for a vote at our December 17 City Council meeting. If this is a topic you are interested in I encourage you to check out the ordinance and provide us with your input. Our hope is that this will allow us to be a more inviting community that provides multiple options for people to get around our fair city. I’m personally hoping that we will see more electric-powered vehicles operating in Hillsboro as a result!

It’s Christmastime

OK, now that Thanksgiving is past, we can officially begin the Christmas season!

Next Saturday (December 7) is our Down Home Christmas and there will be several events in downtown Hillsboro for all to enjoy. Come check out what our local merchants have to offer in the way of unique Christmas gifts. We will also be holding our second annual Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 PM at the intersection of Main & Grand Streets. I hope to see you there!

Looking forward

Looking forward to 2020 and beyond, we are working on conducting Vision Planning meetings in January to help us put together a plan for the next 5-10 years for Hillsboro. We are wrapping up projects that were previously planned for our City (streets, water improvements, etc.) and we need to be looking ahead to what is next. To keep Hillsboro a dynamic and growing community we need to have a plan. Look for additional information in this column as we work to put the plan together.

Census 2020. The decennial (10 year) census will be happening in 2020. Why is that important? It’s important because many government programs are based on the count and population demographics that it represents. We are putting together a committee to assist in ensuring that Hillsboro has the most accurate and complete census count possible. The next ten years will be affected by the results. Expect to hear more on this as we move into the New Year.

That’s all for now. Till next time, stay safe, stay warm and let’s continue to work hard “Growing Hillsboro Together”!

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