Hillsboro City Commission

Hillsboro city leaders and a local landlord hammered out a plan Monday night to move forward with possible rehab plans for a vacant house.

The 25-minute debate detailed past miscommunication, continued misunderstanding and growing frustration before the two sides found a resolution. 

Adding to the drama of Monday’s 75-minute meeting was the fact it marked Hillsboro’s first live-streamed city commission meeting.

The city meeting made its debut on YourLiveEvent.com and the city’s YouTube channel. 

Adam Smelden said he purchased a house at 105 3rd Ave. S.W. at a sheriff’s auction in November 2019 and learned through the county that $514 was owed to the city on past-due utilities. 

Smelden said he later instructed former City Auditor Matt Mutzenberger to not turn on utilities.

However, a miscommunication occurred and power and water were left on until February 2020 when a water pipe burst. 

The utility bill multiplied to $2,400 by March, Smelden said, and, to date, remains unpaid. 

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