Holton Town Council met January 13 at the Holton Community Center
where they approved the budget.
Unanimous approval was given to accept the appropriation and fund
transfers that were approved at the year-end meeting. Resolution
2011-01 to approve these transfers was adopted, as required by
the State Board of Accounts. According to the 2011 budget order
from the Department of Local Government Finance, the town of Holton
was instructed to make the following budget reductions:
General Fund (-$4,551.14)
Motor Vehicle Fund (-$6,456.20)
Local Roads and Streets (-$4,645.00)
Cumulative Capital Improvement Fund (CCI) (-$1,806.00)
These cuts were approved unanimously. The following reflects the
new 2011 budget items and the amounts that fall within those guidelines:
General Fund - total budgeted allowances for this fund are $115,095.00.
Breaking it down further, the following items are in these amounts:
office supplies, $900; gas/oil, $4,500; tires/tubes, $600; other
garage, $1,000; postage, $300; mileage, $150; telephone, $1,900;
insurance, $8,500; improvements other than buildings, $500; election
costs, $250; and stationary/advertising, $883.86.
Motor Vehicle Fund (MVF) total will be no more than $20,023.20
with the following item breakdown: tile/culvert, $2,093.80; roads/ditches,
$6,200; equipment, $3,100.
Local Roads and Streets (LRS) fund will be no more than $2,597
with the following item breakdown: cement/stone, $900; roads/ditches,
$1,162; and equipment, $535.
Cumulative Capital Improvement (CCI) fund will be no more than
$3,246 with the following items breakdown: buildings $1,440; and
In other news, unanimous approval was given for clerk/treasurer
Gretchen Moore to have training with Keystone on the towns
computer software. This will cost $720 per day plus $120 an hour
for travel time round trip. Based on the distance between the
office of the training provider and Holton, charges are estimated
to be $1200-$1300 for one day of training for all office staff.
Under information items:
A proposed amendment to the current sewer ordinances would
allow homeowners to request service to their property be deemed
inactive. Homeowners would have to verify that water service to
the property has been disconnected and the home is unoccupied.
If these conditions are met, the account would then be labeled
inactive and the minimum monthly charge would be waived. The current
ordinance reads that nobody may receive free service and if the
above conditions are met, no services are actually being received.
The issue was tabled until such time as a written ordinance can
be presented for consideration.
Discussion was given to the need to have a written policy
in place on employee personal time. Currently, employees earn
four hours of personal time a week. This includes sick time, vacation
time, and holidays. There is no limit on how much personal time
is allowed to accrue. Attorney John Ertel expressed concern that
there is not a cap on personal time. He was concerned that should
an employee quit with an abundance of time accrued, the town would
not be able to pay out a large amount at one time. The board made
a decision to continue to allow employees to earn four hours personal
time weekly within a limit of 120 hours. Should an employee reach
this limit, that employee must use some of his personal time to
reduce his total hours of time accrued. While the issue was tabled
until further notice, it was decided that an ordinance will be
composed to establish these regulations on employee personal time.
President Paul Hughes brought up the issue of a riverboat
ordinance that has not been established since the present town
council took office. A copy of the Town of Osgoods riverboat
ordinance was reviewed. Attorney Ertel felt that a similar one
would be adequate for Holton. An ordinance will be written and
submitted at a later time.
Wilbur Myers reported that he attended the county chamber
meeting and they have a new president, Matt McNew.
Marshal Bob Curl reported that Crossman Fire has completed
the annual inspection of the towns fire extinguishers. He
also reminded the board that the town will be due for hydrostatic
testing at the end of 2011, which will be more expensive.
Clerk Moore questioned that status of the gravel for the
new maintenance building. No quotes have been received yet. She
will check with Roger Miller to see if he would be interested.
Attending the meeting were Paul Hughes, Angela Farrell, Gretchen
Moore, deputy clerk Cathie Stratton and town attorney, John Ertel.
The next regular business meeting will be held on February 10
at 7 p.m. in the Holton Community Center.