Hillsboro City Commission News & Notes from April 19th, 2021
Hillsboro, ND — The city of Hillsboro held their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening at the Main Street Community Center. During the meeting the city held the Tax Equalization meeting discussing increased property tax assessments. During the meeting Some commissioners expressed concern that some home assessments were outdated resulting in lost property tax revenue for the city. During the discussion commissioner Levi Reece says he was concerned not every homeowner was paying their fair share. Mayor Sando agreed with the concern and says the commission will hope to address those discrepancies in the future.
Also, during the meeting Public Works Superintendent Jim Anderson spoke about a couple of notes with regards to city infrastructure. With the natural gas pipeline being constructed in Hillsboro there has been an issue of scoping the city’s sewer line and the city hopes to work with the pipeline constructors to clean out some problem sewer areas to ease the project. The commission then also approved the gradual cleaning of sewer lines over the next few years. Sando says the multi-year approach will save the city money while addressing the areas in most need first.
The commission also was notified that the E-Charging car station is now online and ready. The commission approved to not charge users for the first year to use it. Sando says he’s excited it is up and running and is a great addition to the city.
The commission also discussed the appeal process in regards to former city auditor Matt Mutzenberger, who recently filed an unemployment claim with the state. The city filed an appeal Monday with Job Service North Dakota after Mutzenberger asked for over $14,000 in benefits from the city. The commission approved for commissioner Shawn Skager, who handles the personnel file, and city attorney John Juelson to represent the city in any hearing relating to the appeal. The commission also approved the second reading of the River Walk Rezoning Ordinance, and approved the hiring of two temporary city employees for the public works department.