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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 6:13 am

Hillsboro city officials on Monday defended the approval of a $14,000 loan to a planned ice cream and coffee shop in the city in the wake of questions posed by a prominent local attorney over the legality of the loan.

Charlie Stock, who also serves as Traill County’s state’s attorney, sent an email to city officials Friday, June 7, revealing that several people in the city were asking him questions about the city’s loan to Sundae Brew and owner Nicole Evans.

The Hillsboro City Commission voted May 21 to offer Evans a 10-year loan to help her buy down the interest on a larger loan she’s receiving from her bank to open an ice cream and coffee shop at 9 N. Main St.

The move sparked a brief uproar at a public meeting last month when members of the Hillsboro Economic Development Corp. questioned whether the city set a bad precedent by handing out a loan to a private business.

Stock, who indicated he was acting as a private citizen and not as county attorney, said people were asking him whether the city had the legal authority to loan money to private entities or individuals.

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