expansion plans discussed at Holton
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
At the August Holton Town Board meeting much of the business centered
on the expansion of the town park. (The town purchased 2 lots next
to the park). The fence will be expanded around the additional land
and a second shelter house erected. Scott McNeelan was the low bidder
on building the shelter house. The new nets have arrived for the
Work is continuing on the Noble house on the expansion property.
New windows have been installed. Grass has been sown in the front
and is still needed in the back. They will contact Zorns Heating
about putting in a furnace.
There continues to be vandalism at the park. A pop machine has been
broken and a security camera. The camera has been turned over to
the sheriff with the vandals picture shown.
Toby Hunter, who painted the steam engine on a wall at a shelter
house at the park is working on a mural for the town hall. It will
be of the Otter Creek Bridge.
Peggy Furst reported she met with the Department of Local Finance
on August 15 to go over the 2008 budget. The FHA Assessor advised
the town that they need to spend down one of the bonds. They will
expand the lab for the sewer so they will be able to add three more
tests to do internally instead of having to send them out. The cost
Someone stole all the handicapped signs on Derrick Street. Anyone
caught with the signs will be prosecuted.
The town is continuing with the sidewalk expansion. Currently, they
are doing 240' on the south side of W. Versailles Street. The money
comes from the EDIT Fund. Clean up work is being done at the Lagoon.
They painted the building and buried old stumps and debris. The
county has been ditching along the lagoon. O'Mara is going to chip
and seal the road.
Attorney Larry Eaton advised the town to put the old sewer debt
directly on the tax roles.
Peggy Furst reported the financials. There is $142,785.70 in the
general fund; $80,577.06 in the sewer fund, and $61,419 in the Riverboat
All three town board members were present at the meeting: Robert
Furst, Wilma Myers, and Ron Palmer. Peggy Furst and Larry Eaton
were present to advise the board. The next regular meeting of the
Holton Town Board will be Tuesday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. at
the Holton Town Hall.
CATHY MAY PHOTO
Artist Toby Hunter of Batesville recently painted this
steam engine on the wall of the Holton Town Park. Hunter
is currently working on a mural of the Otter Creek Bridge
at the Holton Town Hall.