In an effort to make the Hillsboro Building Permit process more transparent and responsive to our residents, we have started to post them online. We are also hoping that by having the form on line, more permits will be filled out and submitted electronically. There is still a requirement to send or drop off your payment at City Hall, but the status and approval will be much faster. Currently there is still a requirement to manually load the information, but checking the status of the Building Permit will be a lot simpler for both the residents, and the Planning and Zoning. The status of Building Permits will be much like a stoplight, red - there are still issues that need to be coordinated with the city. A yellow status means that the Building Permit is pending, and still needs approval of the building inspector, approval of the Planning and Zoning Commission, or the approval of the City Commission, or the building permit fee is still due. A green status means that all conditions required to approve the Building Permits have been met and the project can proceed. There was a recent problem where a status for a Building Permit wasn’t clearly relayed to the applicant which required the Commission to come up with a better system. We are hoping that a side benefit of having this online system will be the ability of Hillsboro Residents to quickly get the pulse of building and improvements going on in our city.
I would like to thank Pat Muller for having Jon Lowry of Lowry Engineering do a presentation on the residential development west of I-29. Jon, thanks for making the trip up from Fargo to give an informative presentation. Pat has decided to name the new development River Walk since recreational areas are being planned into the development. I think Jon’s presentation will help the City of Hillsboro to focus on keeping this development on the fast track so that building can begin next spring. There are two PDF’s that will be linked here so that the community can check out our future opportunity for growth. The development will provide housing opportunities for everything from high density housing to million dollar homes on the river, it will also have some commercial space for development. Continue to check the website for future updates on River Walk!
I would like to say thank you to Pat Muller and his team at Total Ag for hosting the Drone Uses for Ag Roadshow last Friday. The food was provided by the Hillsboro Café, Subway, and Millers. I would like to give them a big shout-out also. There were about 50 people that came out to see how small UAS systems could help farmers in the digital ag operations of the future. It was truly a real world example of how manned aircraft and small UAS could operate cooperatively. We had two spray planes flying south of Hillsboro/Total Ag and one actually flew over the crowd as we stood outside waiting for our flight demonstrations. After the manned aircraft had left the area, three small UAS systems took to the air to show how they operated. I would also like to thank John Nowatzki and his NDSU pilots for demonstrating their systems, especially the rotary spaying system. Trevor Witt from KSU coordinated this demonstration and is doing the same presentation in six other states as part of this National Science Foundation Grant. It was a great event and we were happy to host it in Hillsboro.
Matt, Levi, Paul and I had a great meeting at the EERC this afternoon. Jay Almlie, Chad Wocken, and Josh Stanislowski discussed in detail their expertise about the low pressure Natural Gas Carbon Capture technology. Safety concerns and uninterrupted gas flow were also discussed as part of this new technology. They also gave us an update on the gas flaring problem in the Bakken and the challenges that the oil industry will have in the near future as new wells are brought into production. Unfortunately the pilot project that we would like to do in Hillsboro isn’t a good fit for EERC research. They gave us some other options to explore.
Tonight I presented to the City Commission and the Hillsboro Economic Development Corporation the Hillsboro Economic Development Strategy, this is a working document for the city. If you would like to give and feed back please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.