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Holly Trustees Reject Electric Rate Tariff Increase

  The Holly Board of Trustees unanimously voted not to pass an ordinance which would have modified the electric rate tariff schedules for the town.  Those trustees who spoke against it prior to the vote, Campbell, Jones, Lyons and Sitts, said they could not support the size of the increases which would have fallen to […]

Holly Trustees Set 2014 Budget, Delay 4 Day Work Week Action

   The annual 2014 budget for the Town of Holly, as outlined by Administrator Marsha Willhite, included various town services such as administrative, fire, police, streets, library, recreation and utility departments.  The mill levy for 2014, which also was passed by a resolution vote, has not changed, at 28.866 mills and has stayed constant for […]

Holly Trustees Replace Old Bucket Truck, Nix Golf Carts on Streets

The Holly Board of Trustees approved replacing the aging city bucket truck with a used 2001 model from Lamar Light and Power for $4,500.  The current 1990 Ford F350 has a 1989 Versalift device which is aging and has a safety issue with the position of the controls relative to the operator.  The 2001 model […]

Holly Trustees Continue Landfill Compliance Measures

The Holly Board of Trustees selected Brase Insurance to provide liability insurance coverage at the municipal airport.  The Brase Insurance quote, at $1,725, was substantially lower than last year’s premium and provided the same amount of coverage. The Trustees decided in favor of one of three options presented to them for groundwater testing at the […]

Utility Board OK’s New Rates for General Service Large Class Users

  The Lamar Utilities Board held their first meeting for 2013 approving several annual agenda items including designating the front entrance to Lamar Light and Power as the open meeting posting site at 100 North Second Street in Lamar; a resolution establishing the interest rate paid on utility deposits per Public Utilities Commission regulations.  There […]

Light Plant Customers Will See Electric Rate Drop in 2013

  Electric rates should be dropping by 7% for Lamar Light and Power customers, based on kilowatt per hour usage.  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh reviewed the new rate schedule in the 2013 budget for Lamar Utility Board members during their Tuesday, November 13 meeting.  A rate increase of 2.5% will be in effect, […]

2013 Lamar Light Plant Budget Approved

  Lamar Utility Board members approved the 2013 budget for the Lamar Light Plant after a brief review of questions several members had voiced at the previous board meeting on October 9.  There were no changes in the budget, but some aspects of it were highlighted with regard to some of the financial responsibilities that […]

Lamar Light Plant Could Remain Idle for Years

  Rick Rigel, General Manager for ARPA, addressed the Lamar Utility Board on the regional power supplier’s current financial status through this past August.  During the Tuesday, October 9 meeting, Rigel also outlined ARPA’s 2013 budget and discussed the challenges and goals the company will face next year.  Rigel mentioned the possibility that the Repowering […]

Holly Trustees Hire Two Employees, Plan for Parking Ordinance Discussion

  Two new employees were added to the Holly Town roster recently.  Keith Dennis was hired after a series of candidate application interviews, as full time Field Services Supervisor and provided the board with a run down of crew services in Holly for August.  Town Administrator, Marsha Willhite, also introduced Claudia Parker who was hired […]

Light Plant Takes $125,260 Equipment Hit from April Tornado

The April 27 tornado in Prowers County caused $125,260.33 in equipment damage for Lamar Light and Power.  The figures were presented by interim Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh during the May 29 meeting of the Lamar Utilities Board.  The City of Lamar’s insurance carrier, CIRSA has been given the cost of damages for reimbursement.  The […]

LUB Assesses Tornado Damages

  The April 27 tornado depleted Lamar Light and Power’s inventory with needed replacements for the electrical distribution system.  Interim Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh said power was finally restored to the entire service area after 16 hours.  The tornados knocked down or damaged 16 steel poles, 29 wooden poles, 11 pole mount transformers, 40 […]

Rigel Briefs Utility Board on Repowering Project Progress

  The Lamar Utilities Board tabled a decision on a new, four year agreement with NMPP, Nebraska Municipal Power Pool.  The organization provides electricity, natural gas and related services to a host of communities in six regional states.  The four year agreement with Lamar Light and Power was for, “Financial Plan, Cost of service and […]

New Faces Coming to Holly Town Board

So far, so good, for the match-up of persons wanting to serve on the Holly Town Board and the number of vacancies listed.  Holly Town Administrator Marsha Willhite presented a resolution that will cancel the scheduled April 3 election if no more candidates sign up with the Town Clerk by the March 16 deadline.  The […]

Holly Town Board Approves Electricity Rate Hike

  Holly residents will see a flexible electric rate hike for kilowatt hour use in their bills effective this month.  The Holly Town Board voted for the ECA, Electric Cost Adjustment increase which will last until February of next year, at which time the board will discuss any alteration.  The increase is on the recommendation […]