Chip Seal Project Set for Several Holly Streets

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The Holly Trustees held a brief monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 3, approving an engineering services contract with Atencio Engineering for a feasibility study for two railroad water line crossings and a boring on Highway 50 in town.  This is a preliminary segment needed for the $20,000 REDI Grant project for the community.  Interim Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange, informed the board that the town will pay an upfront cost of $1,900 which will later be reimbursed by DOLA, the Department of Local Affairs.

The drafts for updating the municipal code book are still under review by several of the Trustees.  Administrator L’Estrange pointed out in a written synopsis that the recent rains this past May have shown a need for an Engineering Standards section what would include drainage review.  He added that over time, the town will need to replace culverts that have been placed too high above the water line on some newer streets that don’t drain properly.

The town’s water tank was drained, inspected and cleaned at the start of the month and during that time, the town’s water supply came from the wells.  A report from the company will be sent in the near future.  The town’s crew report indicated that the municipal pool has been cleaned and filled and is being used with as many as 80 to 95 persons using it over the past weekend.  The pool’s new cover has been installed and the expansion gap in the cement walkway was refilled.  Several dead trees at the north park were removed in anticipation of the annual Blue Grass Festival beginning Friday, June 12.  The ballpark playing field baseline was expanded and the pitching diamond was leveled.  Some of the deeper potholes in some streets have been filled in prior to a chip seal project starting on June 15.  Affected residents are being notified in advance.  The streets for the project are 9th, 10th, Buffalo, Vaughn and Plaza.

The Trustees agreed with the recommendation from Administrator L’Estrange to send Town Clerk Megan Jara to seminars at the Institute for Municipal Clerks.  “I believe it is very important that any employee be trained for the specifics of their position, and as Megan is a relatively new employee, this will be an added value for he and for us, especially in light of next year’s election.”  He added that the 2015 budget provided for an Administrator’s trip to the annual convention of the Colorado Municipal League, and as he is not attending, the funds for that can be applied to the Clerk’s Institute fees.

The Trustees approved a recommendation to reimburse the fees for Life Guard testing.  Those taking the exam must provide the fees upfront and are paid back by the town once they begin their summer duties.  In this case, the person paid the fees, but failed the last portion of the test.  The Trustees decided to make the payments.  The Trustees also approved a suggestion to provide pool passes to the top three winners in each class for a Bike Rodeo, hosted by the Holly Fun Club.  They also approved the recent bids received for surplus or unusable equipment offered by the town.  An application for an animal permit for six caged rabbits was approved as was a request for use of the town complex on June 6 to host a birthday party.

By Russ Baldwin

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