Huerta sworn in as newest Hillcrest trustee

Village Clerk Dawn Bearrows (left) swears in Jose Huerta (right) as the newest Hillcrest board trustee during Wednesday’s village meeting. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Tax abatement proposal approved

HILLCREST — The Hillcrest Village Board swore in its newest trustee during Wednesday’s monthly meeting. Village trustees also approved the 2021 fiscal year budget at $2.1 million as well as an eight-year tax abatement proposal for Hackbarth Trucking & Equipment.

The tax abatement proposal includes a sales tax agreement totaling 50 percent each year. Greg Hackbarth, who owns Hackbarth Trucking & Equipment, recently opened a vehicle repair shop at the former Grennan Meats building along Maple Avenue on the northeast side of the village.

Village resident Jose Huerta was appointed and sworn in to fill the vacant position on the village board. Huerta fills the trustee position vacated by Randy Salsbury, who became acting president of the board after Jason Fore stepped down as village president earlier this year.

Infrastructure

Salsbury said that plans for village water, sewer and roadway improvements will be placed on hold until the board can determine whether or not there will be grant funding to cover the cost. Planned improvements included a new water tower, shallow well and water treatment plant as well as improvements to the existing village water, sewer and roadway infrastructure.

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