Hills council meets, mosquitoes and utilities bills discussed

Mosquitoes were on the agenda of the Hills City Council meeting Tuesday, July 8.  

Hills Public Works employee Eric Harnack informed the council that he’s sprayed once for mosquito control in the city and plans on doing it again in the near future.

He said a date for the next application hasn’t yet been set, because weather conditions need to be right, and they spray when the opportunity arises.

He uses permethrin spray, which is non-toxic to humans and pets.   

Harnack also reported that he’s planning to shut the water off in Hills at 9 a.m. Monday, July 21, to perform maintenance work.


In other business at the July 8 meeting:

•The council discussed at length past due utility bills. Several landlords of rental home properties in Hills have tenants who are not paying their utility bills. These individuals attended the meeting to discuss the problem.

Mayor Keith Elbers said he will look into legal issues concerning this problem and address it at the next meeting.

•The council considered information about applying for a Small Cities Development Grant that would provide funding for neighborhood rehabilitation. The city of Beaver Creek may also participate in the process.

•The council agreed to donate $500 to the Southwest Initiative Foundation, which supports communities in the region with grants and business loans. It has so far awarded 24 loans totaling $913,826 to businesses in Rock County. Hills Council members said their investment will help make an impact in the city of Hills and the region.

•The council considered a request to rent city picnic tables and opted not to get into the business of renting public equipment for private use.

•Primary Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 12, which would be the regular scheduled City Council meeting. It was decided to change the date of next month’s council meeting to Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m.



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