Hillman agrees to purchase property near water tower

HILLMAN – The Hillman Village Council approved the purchase of a large lot near the water tower for $20,000 from Roselyn Bates at its meeting Tuesday night. The council believes the property is in a desirable location that could be used to house additional water supplies should the village ever need them, and the sale price is fair.

“We would use about one third of the property, and most likely put the rest back up for sale,” Village President Myron McIntire said. “We will have to have three buildings torn down and cleaned up off of the property, and have already looked into that. The property is one large lot, and about three quarters of an acre, and we would only use a small area.”

The three buildings have been inspected and the village has received the go-ahead to tear them down and clean up the property after the sale.

The council has been working with the property owner and discussing the sale for over a month, and decided to purchase the property to have it available for more water storage or equipment. Right now the property that the current water tank sits on is a small area, and with the additional property, it will allow for expansion. The closing on the sale will be June 4.

In other business:

* the council discussed the need for several road projects throughout the village, and different solutions to the cracking and issues.

* the council plans to advertise Hillman as a walkable community using placemats at local restaurants and is looking into selling advertising for the placemats.

* council members approved having a water reliability study done to ensure hydrants and water flow is up to safety standards. The study is done about every five years and is a routine procedure.

* several letters of interest were received by the village about a facade program, and the council agreed to go ahed with setting up the program to provide more information to local businesses interested.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.