Holly Trustees Preparing for REDI Grant Hearings

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The Holly Boar of Trustees listened to concerns from property owner, Sherrie Brownfield regarding the scope of coverage mentioned in the annual contract between the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Holly.  Sheriff Sam Zordel attended the meeting in which Brownfield criticized a lack of response on a call to the Sheriff’s Office last month.  Sheriff Zordel apologized for the error, explaining that the call was posted as a shift change-over was occurring between patrols and apparently was over-looked.  Zordel told Brownfield and the Trustees his department would take steps to eliminate any similar situations in the future.

The Trustees tabled the application from Melissa Pecina for an Animal/Fowl permit for her property at North 9th Street.  Pecina was unable to attend the meeting, but her application to the town had requested permission to have from five to six chickens and ducks on her property.  The Trustees felt an inspection of the property would be needed and a review of guidelines in the Town ordinances before making any decision.

The Trustees noted receipt of a check for $2,500 from the Board of Prowers County Commissioners to be applied to the cost of a REDI grant study for Holly’s economic assessment.  Interim Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange informed the Trustees this will be an involved process, requiring a considerable amount of time and input from Holly citizens.  Several dozen residents and business owner’s names were listed for the Trustees review for a future invitation.  Some tentative dates in early March were selected for a public hearing on the objectives of the study and the manner in which Holly may benefit from the results.

The Trustees discussed potential wayfinder signage for the town, to be erected on the northern corner of the Reyman’s Grocery parking lot, adjacent to Highway 50 and Main Street.  Some input will be needed on what direction to take for listing of local historical/heritage visiting points in town.  Areas of concern include the size and shape of the sign and what would be included on it.  Funds have been budgeted to cover the expense of the construction.

The Trustees approved the purchase of a pole truck from the Town of Springfield for $5,000.  Although used, the replacement vehicle is newer than the one currently in use.  A low bid from Stanton County Implement in Johnson, Kansas was accepted for the purchase of a sixteen foot dump trailer.  The Trustees approved an insurance contract renewal with Brase Insurance in Lamar for Airport Liability Coverage.  There was no increase in the annual premium from the year before of $1,725.  Street lights in the community are being upgraded and replaced with LED lighting as the need occurs which is expected to reduce utility costs.

By Russ Baldwin


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