Hillsboro City Commission

Hillsboro city commissioners made progress Tuesday – at least on paper – on two major projects for the city’s future.

City leaders signed off on U.S. Department of Agriculture paperwork for a loan and a grant to build a new 12-inch pipeline under Interstate 29 for the water distribution system and a new sanitary sewer pipeline. 

Project manager Steve Swanson with AE2S said the paperwork allows the USDA to set aside funds for a $466,626 grant and a $585,000 loan with a 1.75 percent interest rate and 40-year payback.  

Swanson explained that a portion of the pipeline will cross property owned by BNSF Railroad and will require an application, mapping and lease agreement with the railroad. Related fees amount to $5,450. 

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