Recycling is a hot topic now


Unfortunately this topic has become a “hot button” issue of late. I want to state unequivocally that the City of Hillsboro is committed to our curbside recycling program and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that the recyclables collected by our city crews will be delivered to a bonafide recycling center to be “recycled” and not put in a landfill.

Our City Administrator has spent a lot of time coordinating with our County Commission to ensure that this happens. In the short-term we will continue to haul our recyclables to the Marion County Transfer Station where it will be collected in trailers to be hauled to the South Hutchinson, KS recycling center. If or when that changes and Marion County is unable (or unwilling) to operate a recycling program, the City of Hillsboro will direct haul our recyclables to the recycling center.

I hope this helps clear up any confusion and we want you to be assured that going forward all recycling will be handled appropriately.

High-Speed Internet

I am extremely proud to communicate that the City of Hillsboro has signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with TCW to facilitate a fiber to the premises build in Hillsboro. Many of you may have read about this on our City Facebook page or in the local press.

This is a very important part of our strategy for economic development and growth for Hillsboro. Having the ability to deliver a gigabyte up and down internet speeds will be Hillsboro on the same playing field as our major metropolitan areas and will allow people to choose all the advantages of living rural without sacrificing global connectivity.

There will be more to come on this exciting project, so stay tuned!

City Administrator

I am sure that most of you have heard that Larry Paine has submitted his retirement notice. He will be retiring on June 30 this year. What a great 13 years we have had with Larry serving us and the City of Hillsboro! So many accomplishments and milestones met. As you can imagine it he is leaving large shoes to fill.

Because this is such a key role in our City we have contracted with Osenbaugh Consulting, a search firm specializing in finding qualified personnel for public service positions in a five-state area. Many of you may remember Don Osenbaugh as the person who filled in for Larry when he went on the DL (disabled list) for health reasons a couple of years ago. Don and his team are extremely qualified to help us with this search and we are excited to see who is out there to take us to new heights.

Stay tuned for further updates on this important process as well!

That’s all for now. Until next time, I will continue to be in your service and on City Watch!

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