Planning Commission Hears Lots Of Positive News


Seven members of the Hillsboro Planning Commission met Thursday afternoon, Aug. 15, in city hall to hear reports and discuss upcoming events.

First on the report agenda was Mayor Sullivan; he told of the process of forming an Arts Commission as the concept was approved by city council at their Aug. 14 meeting. Too, he said at least two potential businesses are considering Hillsboro as potential sites. He also reported that Old Settlers had gone well last week.

Barb Hewitt reminded committee members that Imagine Hillsboro has three meetings set to review what's happened over the last five years - "where we were, where we are, where we want to go." They will be in the Cloud Room of Hillsboro Area Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 12; Thursday, Sept. 26; and Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 until 9 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30; those planning to attend should call 217-532-4103 or e-mail president @ Imagine Hillsboro, so packets of material can be ordered. Hewitt was also pleased with the results of the group's Back To School Day event.

The Celebrations Committee is working on early October's Harvestfest plans and an event in conjunction with Atlas 46. Imagine's Housing Committee is preparing a grant for next year to submit to HUD; contractors will meet Sept. 3 with this year's grant facilitator, Tom Dunham, to look at the projects before bidding on this fall's work.

Don Karban said the dog park is ready for fencing, which he anticipates will be installed within the next week or so. He also said an analytical team would have a proposed cost to do a survey of the Corner Block Building ready soon.

In other real estate news, The Church Street Pub building has been sold. The Eagle Zinc clean-up continues, with a potential finish date in the spring of 2020.

The Planning Commission has a special meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, to review work on the city's comprehensive plan. The next regular meeting of the commission will be on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome at any of the meetings.


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