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Town Hall Meeting In Hillsboro Proved To Be Informational

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 14:13:42 CDT



(Hillsboro)--A third town hall meeting regarding the revitalization of downtown Hillsboro was held Thursday night. During the meeting, City Commissioner Chris Sherer unveiled a Springfield Ordinance that would help with vacant buildings in downtown. Under the ordinance, owners would have to register vacant buildings. Sherer says that a similar ordinance in Hillsboro would help with the current problem in downtown. The ordinance could also be used for homes as well.

Historic Preservation Committee

An update regarding the historic preservation committee was also given during Thursday‘s meeting. According to Sherer, Hillsboro Mayor Bill Baran has a list of seven people to serve on the committee. Sherer says the names will be released and possibly passed during the Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 10th. Several in attendance expressed there desire that a mix of downtown business owners be placed on the committee.

TIF District

Information was also given out regarding the establishment of a TIF District in Hillsboro. According to Montgomery County Coordinator Chris Daniels, Litchfield did most of its recent work from TIF funds. She stressed that the district does take some time to get started, and funds could only be used for infrastructure needs. Commissioner Chris Sherer stated that a TIF District has to expand past the downtown area for it to work in Hillsboro.

Sherman‘s Building

An update regarding the Sherman‘s building in Hillsboro was also given during Thursday‘s meeting. According to Commissioner Chris Sherer, the city was called over the weekend to the building. Reportedly, window shifting was noticed. The City of Hillsboro blocked several parking spaces, and roped off the sidewalk surrounding the building. Sherer says he is hoping to have something done by Old Settlers. More information is expected during the Hillsboro City Council meeting on August 10th.

 

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