The Hillsboro Town Council, which may request that a traffic survey be done by the state highway department, was told that if the survey shows that 85 percent of the people driving through town on Rte. 9 are going faster than the posted 45 mph limit, the limit will be raised by the state. Mayor Alexandra Spaith has said the town wants the limit lowered to 35 mph because most drivers already speed through town. According to Spaith, state highway engineer Thomas Butler recently told the Town Council that, although other criteria are taken into consideration, a speed limit usually is raised if a survey indicates that speeding traffic is heavy enough to warrant it. "That is appalling," said Spaith. The Town Council, which "was shocked," has decided to think it over before submitting a formal request for a survey, Spaith said. When the crosswalk through the mile-long town of 115 residents was being painted several years ago by a state employe, he was struck by a speeding car, Spaith said. "Wouldn't you think that would have made them stop and think about it?"
Lifelong resident Glen Roberts, Town Council member and town treasurer, will be honored for his years of service to Hillsboro at the town's major social event, the annual Fourth of July celebration at the Old Stone School. Said Spaith, "We're calling it Glen Roberts Day and he will be named our outstanding citizen." Roberts, who has run the family grocery, Hill-Tom Market, since the 1940s, will retire at the end of June from that job to travel and visit family, although he will keep his official posts, Spaith said. Hill-Tom Market is named for the town's water source, Hill-Tom spring -- according to legend it is called that because an Indian named Tom once lived on that hill. The store has been leased to an out-of-town couple, Spaith said.
The town's proposed budget of $6,830 has been posted and will be approved if, after 30 days, nobody objects to it. "Nobody has ever objected," Spaith said. "It's easy to pass a budget in Hillsboro."
The gypsy moth-caused defoliation on Short Hill, where the town's spring is located, is so bad that Spaith said she and some council members will recommend chemical spraying next year. This year, because of town concern over water supply contamination, the state agriculture department used wasps, natural gypsy moth predators to destroy the moths.