hires new employees for sewer dept.
Rumsey, Staff Writer
Board member Paul Hughes was unanimously elected as president
of the Holton Town Council at their first meeting of 2009 held
on Thursday, January 8. The motion for all members of the council
to serve as the board of finance, with Ryan Lauber as president,
was unanimously approved.
Hughes introduced Sarah Hildebrand as Clerk/Treasurer pro tem.
According to Hughes, if Krista Bartoz, who was re-elected as the
Holton Clerk/Treasurer in the November elections, is not sworn
in office or resigns the office, another person will be appointed
by the Ripley County Republican Party or by town appointment.
(According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, this is what happened
with the last election in 2007, when Bartoz was elected, but then
resigned and Misty McNeelan filled that position.)
The minutes for the year-end meeting held on December 30 were
read by Angi Farrell. According to the minutes, in an effort to
save money, the town terminated Bob Furst, sewer maintenance,
and Peggy Furst, who took sewer samples, and Joyce Powell, who
provided the testing. Mark Salyer was hired to provide the sewer
testing and sampling, and Brooks and Earls were hired to provide
The minutes showed that the salary for the maintenance position
was $3,900 a year; the sampling position salary was $6,254.04;
and the salary for the testing position was $6,000 a year. Salyer
will be paid $10,000 a year. The salary for the sewer maintenance
position was not disclosed at the meeting. The minutes for the
December 30 meeting were unanimously approved.
In other business:
The town will continue to receive bids for the demolition
project until January 15. A public meeting will be held on this
date to open the bids.
Attorney John Ertel will prepare a revision to the towns
4-wheeler ordinance to include the farm use only exception. The
revision will be reviewed at the February meeting.
The council unanimously approved to take out the dishwasher
in the community center. According to Farrell, a panel that matches
the cabinetry can be used to cover the area where the broken dishwasher
The verdict was in favor of the Town of Holton in the case
of unpaid utility bills owed by former town employee Billey Moore
for $1728.84, as well as court costs.
The committee for the Holton Jamboree received permission
to use the park for their event in June.
The council unanimously agreed to reimburse the Holton
Hometowners for the Sewer Alliance dinner.
All town council members were in attendance. The next meeting
will be held February 12 at 7 p.m. at the Holton Community Center.