Holly Trustees Approve Contract Search for Administrator



The Holly Trustees hired the services of consultant Steve Rabe of Canon City to search for a new town administrator for the community. Rabe will be engaged for special projects, duties and assignments, as determined by the Holly mayor under the agreement while the search for a permanent replacement is underway.  The contract is for six months and was approved on February 6th.  The community has been without an administrator for the past two years, since the resignation of Jerry L’Estrange at the end of 2016.

David Wilhite, President of Arkansas River Power Authority, ARPA, and one of two Holly representatives to that organization, provided an overview on the current status of the potential sale of ARPA’s Lamar Repowering Project bonds to Tri State G & T. Talks between the two entities have been drawn out for about a year as several of the six member ARPA communities have been negotiating for their own town’s interests.  In other action, the Holly Trustees approved the appointment of Calvin Melcher to fill the open ARPA membership position which expires December 31, 2019.

Trustee Aaron Leiker recapped the recent Pedal the Plains organizational meeting held in Lamar last week. Over 1,000 bicyclists will visit Holly, Lamar and Springfield for a series of bike rides, September 13-15th and Holly will be a host city on the 14th.  Leiker said the organization provides a community with $2,000 to be used for entertainment.  A goodly number of volunteers from each town are needed to help with the logistics of hosting that many visitors.  Leiker said some assistance will be coming from the Holly Commercial Club.

The Trustees discussed information on a potential Brownsfield grant, but felt less inclined to follow through as the funding would be to conduct inspections to local asbestos in various buildings, but not to help pay the costs of removal under state guidelines. The town will follow through on an application for a grant for recycling materials in the community.  That has a March 1st application deadline. The next Holly Trustees meeting will be held Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm.

By Russ Baldwin

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