At the regular meeting of the Holton Town Board held December
8 it was noted that the Red Cross has requested that the Holton
Community Center be a long-term shelter since there are none
identified in Holton.
The town does not have its own generator, but that is not an
actual requirement. The Red Cross would provide a generator
in an emergency situation. The board asked that Gretchen Moore,
town clerk, contact Red Cross representative Delbert Felix to
talk with them at the January meeting. They noted Felix would
be able to give the board first hand information and answer
The Town of Holton is continuing to pursue an alliance with
the Holton Water Company to help them collect serious overdue
sewer bills by turning the water off. Town attorney John Ertel
is still working on a proposal to present to the water company.
The Holton Water Company is discussing proposing they collect
the sewer bills, for a fee paid to them by the Holton Sewer
Department. After much discussion, this issue was tabled until
the January meeting.
A grant has been secured from the Railroad Grade Crossing Fund
in the amount of $782.00 for the town, which would help them
be able to replace aging railroad crossing signs. It was noted
that grant papers must be completed by December 30, 2011. From
that point, it would be ten weeks before the money would be
awarded to Holton. The board agreed they will have to wait until
the process is complete to upgrade the signs.
Resolution 2011-10, which will allow for a fund transfer loan
from the Edit Fund to the General Fund in the amount of $12,000.00
as a temporary loan to allow the town needed funds until the
end of 2011, was approved unanimously. This loan became necessary
because the town has not yet received the fall property tax
In other finances, the Riverboat certificate of deposit in the
amount of $25,000 matured. Unanimous approval was given to roll
over that $25,000 CD for another year.
The proposed sewer budget which has to be completed by December
20, 2011, was approved unanimously with some adjustments. The
Holton Sewage Works 2012 budget is as follows:
Revenue: $72,000.00 - users; $325.00 - interest for a total
Actual expenses for 2011:
Salaries: $6,930.00; operator: $10,200.00; bond payment: $21,180.00;
electric: $9,820.00; telephone: $1,915.00; fuel: $385.00; postage:
$1,015.00; repairs and maintenance: $29,000.00; testing: $480.00;
water: $518.00; and misc: 2,902.00.
Projected for 2012:
Salaries: $9,830.00; operator: $10,200.00; bond payment: $21,180.00;
electric: $10,800.00; telephone: $2,000.00; fuel: $750.00; postage:
$1,100.00; repairs and maintenance: $10,000.00; testing: $500.00;
water: $570.00; and misc: $3,000.
Misc is broken down to the following:
Permits: $1,050.00; dues: $100.00; attorney fees: $500.00; software:
$1,200.00; and receipt book: $52.00.
These amounts reflect a net profit of $2,395.00.
In other news, Tom McConnell has agreed to pay his delinquent
sewer bill if the town is willing to pay for installing a shut-off
valve and will agree to provide maintenance on this valve in
The board approved board member Angi Farrell to purchase a Christmas
tree and needed lights and ornaments for 2012 at a cost of no
more than $500, which prices might be lower.
Those attending the December meeting were Angi Farrell, Paul
Hughes, Gretchen Moore, Andy Stratton, and Cathie Stratton.
The Holton Town Board will have its year-end meeting December
27 at 6:00 p.m. in the community center. The next regular business
meeting will be January 12, 2012.