Jacob Holdren New Holly Trustee

Jacob Holdren Receiving Oath of Office from Town Clerk Megan Jara

Jacob Holdren Receiving Oath of Office from Town Clerk Megan Jara


Jacob Holdren will replace Jerry Jones as a member of the Holly Board of Trustees. Jones submitted his resignation several weeks ago and Holdren took his oath of office during the June 7th meeting.

On a similar matter of vacancies, the Trustees reviewed the job description for town administrator, but decided against any formal action to begin advertising for the position that was left vacant with the departure of former administrator, Jerry L’Estrange this past November. Town Clerk Megan Jara remarked that if there were plans to hire a replacement, the salary would have to be factored into the 2018 budget which will come under review by late summer.

The Trustees will hear two proposals for a town-wide, utility rate assessment study this summer. The comprehensive report is conducted periodically to evaluate the rate structure for Holly and decide if any changes are required.  The study focuses on residential and commercial usage, as well as irrigation requirements, street lights, yard lights, repairs, supplies, personnel and the rates charged by ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  The Trustees were concerned with the rate study cost.  Mid-States Energy Works will explain the cost breakdown of their estimate of services at $14,500 and the current contract holder, NMPP is scheduled to make their presentation at a time to be decided in July.

There’s work to be done before the town’s Sanitary Survey is reviewed by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment on July 18th.  Mayor Tony Garcia, Clerk Megan Jara and Field Services Supervisor Keith Dennis will work to bring as many deficiencies noted by past inspections into compliance and have an assessment for the Trustees on June 14th.  Earlier, the board had received a letter from CDPHE rescinding the Holly Landfill groundwater monitoring and liner/leachate collection waivers.

The Trustees set June 14th, at 7pm, for a public hearing for a special event permit to dispense alcohol-malt beverages during the annual Holly Fair on September 23rd.  Residents will be able to voice their approval or concerns regarding the event which is scheduled to take place at the Fairgrounds.  The hearing may be cancelled if there are no written protests submitted in advance to the Town by 5pm on the 14th.
By Russ Baldwin

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