City OKs first reading for Riverwalk annexation

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 6:00 am

The Hillsboro City Commission on Monday approved a first reading for the annexation into city limits of 128 acres in the Riverwalk Addition west of Interstate 29.

Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve the first reading following a public hearing, which included feedback from a local landowner who voiced opposition to the project.

Bruce Person aired concerns that the housing and commercial development owned by Total Ag Industries President Pat Muller could damage nearby property values.

Additional noise, traffic and an influx of new people to the area would diminish the quality of life for existing property owners, Person said.

“We enjoy our rural property as it is and do not look forward to having it disturbed and changed,” he said.

Person took issue with the pace that city officials were moving ahead with the development and questioned whether the survey of the property was accurate.

“We are requesting the city commission delay voting for or against annexation until the survey … can be reviewed,” he added.

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