board makes plans to spruce up park
Cindy DiFazio, Staff Writer
The Holton Town Board met in regular session on Tuesday, March
13 at 9:00 a.m. Board President, Bob Furst and members, Wilma
Myers and Ron Palmer were all present. Attorney Larry Eaton and
Deputy Clerk-Treasurer, Peggy Furst were also in attendance. The
February minutes were read and approved.
Bob Furst shared Clerk-Treasurer, Ron Rayburns letter of
resignation. Rayburns replacement will be temporary until
elections are held later this year.
Wilma Myers asked that the board consider building another shelter
building in the Holton Community Park. Myers explained, Sometimes
there are two different events going on in the park, and one shelter
isnt enough. She added that more restrooms would not
be necessary, noting that restrooms are very difficult to maintain
and that the public tends to abuse them. Its a shame,
Myers commented. The vote to add another shelter was unanimous.
It was decided that three bids would be sought and that they would
try to find a local company to do the work.
Myers also requested that the board consider purchasing a new
piece of playground equipment. She reminded them that they had
previously discussed adding one piece per year. The board voted
unanimously in favor of her request.
Peggy Furst asked about getting a soda machine with a metal enclosure
and padlock. Holton resident, Jerry Hon, who works for Coca-Cola,
told the board that they could request that type of machine. He
recommended that they go with cans rather than bottles due to
the price difference. Board member, Ron Palmer, asked, Would
there be any profit for the town? Hon answered that even
at $.50 per can the town would make enough of a small profit to
cover the cost of maintaining the machine.
The board took a step toward keeping the park safe by approving
the purchase and use of video surveillance cameras.
Wilbur Myers reported that a new flag is needed for the park as
well as two new trash cans and a load of mulch. He was given the
go-ahead to make those purchases out of the parks budget.
In keeping with the spring cleaning theme, town marshal
Billy Moore suggested renting a street sweeper. Moore recommended
waiting until April to be sure the winter weather is over. It
was also reported that a new mower has been purchased and work
has been completed on the chipper.
Holton citizen, April McLaughlin addressed the board concerning
people speeding and driving recklessly in town. She stated that
motorists were going unsafe speeds all times of the day, especially
on Versailles Street. McLaughlin said that she is very worried
that a child is going to get hurt because children walk along
Versailles Street to get to the park and community center. Traffic
is flying with Billy not patrolling, she warned. Bob Furst
told McLaughlin that he has spoken with the sheriffs department
and was promised more patrols. I agree with you 100%,
Furst assured her. I was really upset the other night. They
were racing up and down the road. Its been a race track
since Billys been off. Furst suggested that the public
contact the sheriffs office regarding the problem, and told
McLaughlin, You have a good point and we appreciate you
Some dates to note:
* March 31 - Bunny Breakfast.
* May 5 - Heavy trash pickup.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:30
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