Full Agenda for Holly Trustees, Administrator Search Discussed


The Holly Trustees decided to form a committee to research potential candidates for the vacant town Administrator position. Trustee Jacob Holdren recommended the committee in light of the approaching 2018 budget and said that reviewing potential candidates did not commit the town to hiring one.  Holdren stated an administrator can devote his full-time position to running the town’s affairs instead of having tasks piecemealed to Mayor Garcia and Town Clerk Megan Jara. The Trustees will need to consider a salary in the budget if the decision is made to replace former administrator Jerry L’Estrange who resigned near the beginning of the year. A rough budget draft is due by October 15th.

Holly resident, Temple Rushton, expressed his concerns about the safety of the town’s residents due to speeding semis and regular highway traffic, especially on the outskirts of the city limits. “I’ve witnessed various ag-trucks traveling through town and I’ve contacted one or two farm owners directly who were respectful of my concerns and I was told that corrections would be made,” he explained.  Rushton said it was a help, but admitted there will always be speeders, particularly those who are exceeding the speed limit as they head out of town, “Some of them are already up to 55mph while they’re still in a 35 mph zone,” he told the Trustees.  He requested increased signage in more specific locations within the town boundaries as beyond that, he acknowledged, it’s up to the state and CDOT to handle.  The Trustees replied they were aware of the problem and will take steps to address his concerns.

The Trustees approved a resolution introduced by Eric Depperschmidt, Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) Executive Director. He explained that the state funded, Rural Jump Start Program, will offer tax credits to a new business venture in the community, with the stipulation that it not be retail-based and would not compete with an existing business in Holly.  Various tax credit plans and tax assistance is available to the new business and could be adjusted by the Trustees as they saw fit.  Depperschmidt said Prowers County, the City of Lamar, Wiley and Granada were already on board and the addition of Holly would allow the resolution to be moved to the state level for implementation.  Depperschmidt also said the PEP board is considering moving its office activities out into the community for a day a month, perhaps in the final week of the month in an effort to develop more of an outreach approach to member communities.  He said he and PEP Vice President Aaron Leiker have been discussing the logistics.

The first amendment to agreement concerning implementation of an “E911” Emergency Telephone Service was discussed. Every phone customer in the county is charged a monthly $0.70 fee which covers the cost of the emergency service which began in 1993.  There have been no rate increases in the subsequent 24 years.  The E911 Authority Board, comprised of representatives of the county, is working to increase the fees to cover increasing operation costs.

Holly needs to do some repair work on its east well. Field Services Supervisor, Keith Dennis, reported that water production has decreased and it’s taking more electricity to operate with well at diminished capacity.  “We’re using a lot of water in the town right now,” he stated.  Dennis said there is a wait to acquire the needed equipment to pull the pump, but once he has it, he can determine the size of the pipe and get an estimate on the cost of repairs.  Holly struggled for over a year before the south well was repaired and put back online.  Dennis said two standard light poles will be set up in the cemetery at the request of the board and the electric cost would run about $8 a month per light.  The Trustees discussed whether a request to use the landfill for the remains of a burned house would be acceptable.  One deciding issue is whether the debris contains asbestos.  The cinder block frame cannot go into the landfill.  Dennis said the chip seal project is finished on Park, Sunset and 3rd Streets and he’s been filling potholes around town and is spraying for mosquitoes.

Mayor Tony Garcia had good news regarding the landfill. He estimated Holly got at least an A- on a recent inspection of the landfill by a CDPHE representative earlier this month who stated, “It was one of the best reports he’s seen in a while.”  The mayor credited Megan Jara, Town Clerk, with supplying the needed paperwork that went into the inspection process.  Holly has a green light for about three years of landfill operation before the next inspection.  The town is also in good shape regarding the water blackflow devices needed mostly for commercial operations.

Johnny Lyons moved to waive vendor fees for the September 23rd Gateway Fair.  Trustee Jacob Holdren has planned several ambitious events for the town including a car show, additional vendors and an evening concert on Main Street.  He anticipated around 1,000 participants.  “Because we have limited space at our motel, I’d like to see the Trustees approve overnight camping in the park,” he asked.  The request was granted.  Holdren said the car show will run from 9am to 3pm, following the parade and a number of awards will be given out, a beer garden will be available and The Fulton Street Band will perform  during the day and beginning at 8pm the music continues with Nick Hickman, Adams Capps Band and Rhett Uhland.

In other action, no contractor stepped forward for a required bid for the Historical Society Sidewalk repairs, electric rate study presentations will be made to the Trustees sometime in either September or October, the 2016 town audit was approved and the Trustees approved the use of the baseball field for a softball tournament on July 22nd to benefit Ansley Herrera.

By Russ Baldwin

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