Hillsboro Council Approves Rural Water Agreement

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The Hillsboro City Council met by Zoom for a special meeting on Tuesday, March 16, in order to rescind a motion approved during their regular meeting on February 23 concerning hiring Woodard & Curran to complete a federally-mandated Risk and Resilience Assessment.

After the agreement was published, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency reached out to say the same service was available at no cost through Illinois Rural Water Association. City Clerk Cory Davidson and Utilities Commissioner Don Downs checked with that group.

Rural Water will send a person to town to help city employees walk through the required survey. Downs said that Woodard & Curran (who currently manage the city’s water and sewer systems) would do a Cadillac job, but the Rural Water group will do all that’s necessary to meet federal requirements. City attorney Kit Hantla said he had worked with Rural Water before on other projects and that they were competent and capable.

Given that assurance, the council voted unanimously to rescind their previous motion. The meeting took 15 minutes.

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