chapter closes for Holton, another is to begin
Holton board members honored at last meeting
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
It felt like the end of an era at the December 11 Holton Town
Board meeting. It was the final meeting for current town board
members Robert Furst, Wilma Myers and Ron Palmer and for Peggy
Furst, who has been filling in as clerk-treasurer.
Larry Eaton, who is stepping down as the Holton town attorney
said, I would like to express my appreciation to the town
board and I am proud of all your accomplishments. You are all
to be congratulated. Holton has made great leaps forward. I wish
the new board well.
Ron Palmer, who was elected to the first town board when it first
became incorporated, gave out plaques to Robert Furst, Wilma Myers,
Jim Adkins, Peggy Furst, Wilbur Myers, Larry Eaton and Billey
Moore. The plaques stated, In appreciation of all your hard
work and dedication to the Town of Holton.
Wilma Myers reminisced about the beginning of the town board.
Ted Tolbert fought to get the town incorporated. He sent
a letter to the press every week.
The Town of Holton was incorporated in 1972. According to the
Ripley County Clerks files, the first elected board members
were Ron Palmer, Ted Tolbert and Junior Meisberger. The first
town clerk was Betty Sue Baugh. Others elected to the board throughout
the years were Joe Ritchie, Vicki Cornett, Ron Dunaway, Lila Pickett,
Robert Furst, Wilma Myers and Ralph Pickett. Velma Stickelman
was elected as clerk-treasurer for many years.
The cost for the towns election this year was $7,000. From
now on the town board will run in the general election. The 2007
candidates were only elected for a one-year term until that time.
Newly elected board member Paul Hughes said the new board will
meet on the second Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Toby Hunter recently finished another painting for the town. It
is an angel surrounded by an American flag. The mural is in the
community room of the Holton Community Building.
The financials were approved. There is $111,141.68 in the general
account, $27,168.62 and $44,234.76 in the two sewer accounts.
The auditor suggested the Riverboat Funds be invested in a CD.
Twenty-five thousand dollars will be put into a 6-month CD.
The privacy fence around the Holton Community Building has been
completed. There have been two new culverts installed on West
Versailles Street. All road cracks have been sealed by Dave OMara,
Inc. The new playground equipment has been ordered. The town is
still waiting on a state permit to build the shelter house.
All three town board members were present at the meeting: Robert
Furst, Wilma Myers, and Ron Palmer. Peggy Furst was present to
advise the board. The next regular meeting of the Holton Town
Board will be Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Holton
CATHY MAY PHOTO
Pictured from left are: Ron Palmer, Jim Adkins, Billey
Moore, Wilma Myers, Wilbur Myers, Peggy Furst, Bob Furst.
The members were honored at their last board meeting December
11 with plaques thanking them for their years of service
to the community.