Tons Of Info At Hillsboro Planning Committee Meeting

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Much information was made available on Thursday, Sept. 19, during the monthly Hillsboro Planning Commission meeting in city hall. Seven members were in attendance.

The dog park fencing is nearing completion but according to Public Properties Superintendent Jim May, the park will not be open until signage and other needed niceties are in place. An opening date has not been set; Pawsboro 620K9 is located near Rt. 16 just east of Challacombe Park.

The next Reimagining Hillsboro meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening, Sept. 26, in the Cloud Room at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Imagine Hillsboro's Harvestfest, complete with a monster-building contest with two divisions, one for families (a fun build) and one for competitors ($1,000 prize), is set for Saturday, Oct. 5. Those wishing to enter either division must preregister online by Oct. 2.

This year's Storybook Christmas will be held only on one day, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Natural Resources Committee member Kendra Wright said the subcommittee considering upgrades of Central Park have submitted an outline of what they would like to see happen there to a company that specializes in playground equipment and other facility needs. City Developer Jonathon Weyer said improvements at Central Park are essential to bringing young families to Hillsboro.

Wright said the committee is also reviewing lake lot rules, hoping to eliminate overlaps and conflicting statements. She added that the addition to the dock at the South Marina is now finished. May added that the resurfacing of the park's pickleball courts will start soon; he appreciates the activity in Central Park because it reduces vandalism there.

Weyer said he's completed researching data to be used in the new five year plan for the city, which he hopes to have ready for the planning commission and the city council by April or May. Reporting on behalf of Mayor Brian Sullivan, he said an update of the ownership status of the Eagle Zinc property is expected soon, and that zoning code issues are to be examined.

Weyer also said the ordinance controlling signage on downtown businesses would be revisited. "We want the feel of a historical shopping area, and we plan to work toward aligning storefronts with an historical downtown."

No definite plans for the Corner Block Building exist, but Weyer says discussions are taking place. The city is concerned about the safety of the next door building (The Orpheum) and of any passersby if bricks fall off the building. On a positive note, Weyer reported the Church Street Pub has been purchased and is "up and running" as The Abbey.

Intern Patrick Murphy, who is assigned to Finance Commissioner Katie Duncan, is cataloging all vacant buildings in town.

Commissioner Don Karban said HUD consultant Tim Donham met with five contractors on Sept. 10 concerning bids for the Anna Street area rehab project. The bid letting is set for Oct. 15, and he assumes work will begin shortly thereafter.

The zoning board of appeals will again meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The planning commission will meet again at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

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