Commissioners approve abatement for expansion of Hill County solar project

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved a tax abatement agreement for the expansion of a solar project within an existing reinvestment zone Tuesday, June 14. In April, the court voted to propose a tax abatement agreement with Hill Solar II, LLC, which will be an expansion of the Hill … Continue reading Commissioners approve abatement for expansion of Hill County solar project

Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved funds to continue offering an increased feral hog bounty and moved forward with the sale of property in a special meeting held Tuesday, June 7. Extension Agent Zach Davis told the court that the decision to increase the bounty to $10 per tail … Continue reading Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

County commissioners consider regulating non-consent towing

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 2, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a regular session Tuesday, May 24, and opened discussions about a possible ordinance to regulate non-consent towing in the county. Precinct 4 Constable Kevin Cordell presented information about the proposal, which his office has been working on with input from other counties. … Continue reading County commissioners consider regulating non-consent towing

County working to collect hotel, motel taxes

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 25, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, May 17, and approved a software contract to help the county collect hotel occupancy taxes on the growing number of home-based lodging options. The court also discussed negotiations regarding the sale of the county annex on Franklin Street … Continue reading County working to collect hotel, motel taxes

County approves agreement to develop tourism website

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 19, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a regular session Tuesday, May 10, and approved a plan to redevelop the county's tourism website along with other agenda items. The court approved an agreement with Sheri Hemrick to create and maintain the website. The purpose of the site is to … Continue reading County approves agreement to develop tourism website

County finalizing Chapter 381 agreement for local Buc-ee’s

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 5, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court voted to move forward with economic development agreements related to the planned Buc-ee’s in Hillsboro and the expansion of a solar project in the county during a meeting held Tuesday, April 26. The court discussed the Buc-ee’s agreement in executive session before returning to … Continue reading County finalizing Chapter 381 agreement for local Buc-ee’s

County reduces tax breaks offered for energy projects

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court amended its tax abatement guidelines for green energy projects, approved a contract for renovations to the county's Covington Street annex and heard a presentation from the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) during a meeting held Tuesday, April 12. During open forum, two Hill County … Continue reading County reduces tax breaks offered for energy projects

Commissioners enact 30-day county burn ban

Editor: shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court implemented a 30-day burn ban for unincorporated areas of Hill County and discussed other business during a meeting held Tuesday, March 22. The county has recently had a sharp increase in grass fire calls, although the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which the Texas Forest Service … Continue reading Commissioners enact 30-day county burn ban

Commissioners approve communications upgrade

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 2, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court moved forward with a plan to upgrade the county’s communications systems for first responders at a meeting held Tuesday, February 22. Last month, the court and representatives from several area Hill County law enforcement agencies and fire departments heard a presentation from Dailey-Wells Communications … Continue reading Commissioners approve communications upgrade

Educational programs planned as county increases feral hog bounty

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 2, 2022 Hill County AgriLife Extension will host four upcoming programs to help agriculture producers and landowners make informed decisions concerning feral hog control options. The sessions will also include information about the Bucks for Bacon Bounty Program, which will soon offer an increased bounty of $10 per tail with funds … Continue reading Educational programs planned as county increases feral hog bounty

Hill County to seek bids for annex work

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 2, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved seeking bids for work on the new county annex in Huron during a regular meeting held Tuesday, January 25. The county will seek bids for air conditioning and heating work and spray foam insulation on the building, located at 5800 Farm Road 933. … Continue reading Hill County to seek bids for annex work

Hill County commissioners meet in special session

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 26, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, January 18, to consider several agenda items. Commissioners voted to extend previously approved overtime pay for jailers and dispatchers at the sheriff's office to also include patrol operations. Employees generally accrue comp time instead of overtime pay, but … Continue reading Hill County commissioners meet in special session

County prepares annex to serve west side

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved utility applications for the new annex property on the west side of the county and discussed changes to the county's feral hog bounty program at a meeting held Tuesday, January 11. In November, the court moved forward with the purchase of two buildings … Continue reading County prepares annex to serve west side

Hill County commissioners approve plan to consolidate voting precincts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame The Hill County Commissioners Court approved the consolidation of voting precincts in the county during a meeting held Tuesday, December 14. The Hill County Elections Commission reviewed the plan and recommended its approval to the court prior to the court's action. Hill County Judge Justin Lewis said that the commission and party … Continue reading Hill County commissioners approve plan to consolidate voting precincts

County to apply for grant to expand Exhibits Building

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a brief special session Tuesday, November 30, and approved a grant application for upgrades to the Hill County Fairgrounds Exhibits Building. County Judge Justin Lewis asked for the court’s approval to apply to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for … Continue reading County to apply for grant to expand Exhibits Building

Hill County to join global opioid settlement

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court voted to participate in an opioid settlement agreement with other cities and counties and named nominees to a sexual assault response team in a regular session Tuesday, November 23. A representative from the Texas Office of the Attorney General spoke to commissioners earlier last … Continue reading Hill County to join global opioid settlement

ESD 2 accepts resignation, closes on new property

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 2 Board of Commissioners met in a regular session Thursday, November 18, and accepted the resignation of commissioner Dan Giles. Giles told the board that he will be moving out of ESD 2 and into the City of Hillsboro, making him ineligible … Continue reading ESD 2 accepts resignation, closes on new property

Court pursues property for county annex in Precinct 1

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court moved forward with a project to open an annex on the west side of the county and heard a presentation on a settlement related to the nationwide opioid crisis in a meeting held Tuesday, November 9. It has been a goal of the court … Continue reading Court pursues property for county annex in Precinct 1

Hill County Commissioners Court approves slightly adjusted map

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 Consolidation of county's voting precincts up next… The Hill County Commissioners Court approved a precinct map last week that will determine the areas served by commissioners, justices of the peace and constables for the next 10 years. Redistricting consultant Mike Morrison reported last month that little change was needed … Continue reading Hill County Commissioners Court approves slightly adjusted map

Minor adjustment could accomplish redistricting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2021 Based on the latest census numbers, it appears that Hill County commissioners will be able to avoid a lengthy and complicated redistricting process as the court begins the once-a-decade effort. Commissioners heard from redistricting consultant Mike Morrison during a regular meeting held Tuesday, October 12. With the 2020 Census … Continue reading Minor adjustment could accomplish redistricting

Hill County approves tax abatement for solar farm

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court heard comments from the public before approving a tax abatement agreement for a solar farm Tuesday, September 28. Hill Solar I, a project of Core Solar of Austin, requested a tax abatement on its planned solar energy project in Hill County. Commissioners previously approved … Continue reading Hill County approves tax abatement for solar farm

Hill County resident expresses concerns about biosolids

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court heard concerns from a citizen about the use of biosolids on area farms, made appointments to local boards and considered other agenda items during a regular session held Tuesday, September 14. In open forum, Barbara Jenkins, who lives between Peoria and Vaughan, spoke to … Continue reading Hill County resident expresses concerns about biosolids

Hill County budget, tax rate adopted for Fiscal Year 21-22

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, September 7, and adopted the county’s budget and tax rate for Fiscal Year 2021-22. Adoption of the budget and tax rate wrapped up a series of budget hearings and workshops, a review of budget requests from county officials … Continue reading Hill County budget, tax rate adopted for Fiscal Year 21-22

Commissioners hold special session as county budget work continues

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, August 31, to consider several agenda items and continue working on the county budget. The court voted to solicit proposals for maintenance of the county's Lake Whitney tourism website, which is funded by hotel occupancy taxes in the … Continue reading Commissioners hold special session as county budget work continues

Hill County commissioners discuss COVID-19, budget

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a regular session Tuesday, August 24, and continued discussing the latest COVID-19 surge, the county budget for the coming fiscal year and other regular business. In his comments to the court, County Judge Justin Lewis reiterated the seriousness of the current situation … Continue reading Hill County commissioners discuss COVID-19, budget

Commissioners hold hearings, propose tax rate and budget

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court held a series of meetings last week leading up to the annual process of adopting a budget and tax rate. Elected officials and department heads visited with commissioners throughout the hearings to present requests, most of which involved only minor adjustments to their individual … Continue reading Commissioners hold hearings, propose tax rate and budget

Commissioners approve reinvestment zone as discussions with solar developer continue

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court continued discussions about a possible tax abatement for a solar project in the county during a meeting held last week. The court approved the creation of a reinvestment zone for 5,607 acres of land near Itasca and Milford, which is a necessary step that … Continue reading Commissioners approve reinvestment zone as discussions with solar developer continue