The Holly Trustees began their monthly meeting with a gathering at TBK Bank, holding a meet and greet for Eric Depperschmidt, the new executive director for Prowers Economic Prosperity, PEP. Rick Robbins and Aaron Leiker, president and vice-president of PEP attended the gathering as well as Prowers County Commissioner, Ron Cook, and some Holly residents. They also attended the early portion of the Trustees meeting at the Depot where the four board members presented an overview of the changes PEP has undertaken, bringing a more aggressive approach to attracting new business to the Prowers County community, not just Lamar. Depperschmidt said he’d be happy to attend the Holly Trustees meetings as his schedule would allow and would be on call to provide information for any questions the Trustees may have.
The Holly Trustees made quick work of their monthly meeting agenda, Wednesday, April 5th. Because of a lack of qualified applicants, the Holly Municipal Pool may not open on time this season, be restricted to limited hours, or may not open at all. Town Clerk, Meghan Jara, told the Trustees she hasn’t received many applications at this point and will probably run another notice for needed staff in the monthly municipal bills. The pool usually employs a manager and assistant manager as well as about five certified lifeguards to see them through the season. Keith Dennis, Field Services Supervisor, said he is going to put some water into the pool to test the heater, but will not fill it to capacity at this point. Jara said they may be able to put together a skeleton crew and run the pool with a limited hour schedule.
The Trustees selected Saturday, April 29th as Holly Town Clean-up Day, they approved an application for an animal/fowl permit for a local resident, with Larry Sitts abstaining from the vote and the Trustees increased their annual donation to the Holly School After Prom to $150 from $100 from the previous year.
No action was taken on the two bids for electric rate study proposals. Mid-State Energy Works bid $14,500 while Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, which usually conducts the studies, bid $3,950. The Trustees decided to request a proposal from each of the firms which would explain the cost of services to the board.
The Trustees tabled any action on Resolution 2017-1, a resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Holly, Colorado approving the Settlement of Certain Litigation between the City of Lamar and the Arkansas River Power Authority, ARPA. This is a settlement agreement in principle between Lamar and ARPA and to this point, this discussion has replaced a court hearing which was to have been held last month in Pueblo. Both parties are attempting to reach an accord in an out of court agreement, but all the member municipalities of ARPA, Holly included, must vote unanimously for the settlement, in its final form, to be acted upon.
By Russ Baldwin
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