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Committee Reports Given at City Council Meeting


The Holden City Council heard committee reports at its regular May 12 meeting.

In street department news, Councilman  Jim McDaniel reported that the street department is working to get an oil distributor loaned to them so they can continue paving.

The street department is also looking to hire a fourth person for the paving crew during this busy time.

McDaniel complimented street department superintendent Ron Heinemann on the work his crew is doing.

In a storm water update, McDaniel announced that the storm water report is complete.

“The report is more than 300 pages, but it is available to anyone who would like to look at it,” McDaniel said. He added that storm water crews have been cleaning out ditches and may look at a new leaf policy this fall.

He went on to say that residents can help by cleaning the leaves out of their ditches and dumping them by the city barn.  This fall, the crews will use a truck to vacuum the leaves out of the ditches as needed.

In other street dept. news, Council Member Julie Fields reported that the department is getting bids to fix the street barn.  The department has a bid from James Fitterling to fix the barn.

They are waiting on two bids from Seth Carlson.  One bid to fix the barn and one to put in a new building. Fitterling did not include a bid for a new building.

In a fire department update, Councilman Rusty Kephart reported that the fire department responded to 36 calls in April.

He said, “The fire department would like to thank the citizens of Holden for allowing us to participate in the citizen parades for birthdays and other celebrations.”

In Board of Public Works (BPW) news, Councilman Jim Nipko reported that the BPW rescheduled their May meeting for Wednesday, May 13.

In a Parks & Recreation update, Councilman Jeremy Knox reported that the Parks & Rec department is working on the ballpark.

Trash cans are being replaced. Previous events have all been cancelled, but the park is now open like normal.

Dave Chastain is the new Parks & Rec chairman and Rhonda Wakeman has joined the organization. The board is still in search of one more member to fill a vacancy, according to Knox.

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