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Hillsboro Approves Red Rooster Improvement Projects

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 09:28:02 CDT


The Hillsboro City Council addressed several agenda items dealing with improvements that are being made to the historic Red Rooster Inn during their meeting Tuesday evening.

First, the council approved a facade grant for John and Kendra Wright, who are renovating the building. Mayor Brian Sullivan explained that the grant covers three properties on one address. He said the grants are available for up to $2,000 for each property, bringing the total grant amount to $6,000. He also said that the Wrights had exceeded the $6,000 amount on the renovation required to be eligible for the grant.

The council also approved an ordinance vacating a portion of Wait Street, which is located behind the Red Rooster. Sullivan said that the city would vacate the southern portion of the street and that it will remain open during the renovation.

Finally, the council approved the replacement of the entire sidewalk around the hotel. Mayor Sullivan said a sidewalk improvement project is normally something the city would be responsible for, but John and Kendra Wright have offered to do the work as long as they are reimbursed.

Finance Commissioner Katie Duncan asked City Attorney Kit Hantla if the council would be allowed to approve this project without requesting bids since the cost was around $21,000. Hantla replied that the project could be classified as single-source work and the council could bypass the bid process as long as it is approved by a three-quarters majority on the council. The motion received unanimous support.

The next Hillsboro City Council will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m.


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