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Holden Council Hears Updates, Passes Bills and Resolutions at Nov. 16 Meeting

A comprehensive update from Mayor Ray Briscoe and the passage of several bills and resolutions took place when the Holden City Council met Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Hallar Building (City Hall).

After approval of minutes and appropriations/expenditures, and having no request for public comments, Mayor Briscoe began his remarks.

First, he spoke about the City Council positions up for election on the April 4, 2024, ballot and reminded of the start of filings (Dec. 5).

He next reported Comprehensive Plan development is ongoing and noted the contact point for Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman is Donna Woods, who will be getting involved with ideas for consideration.

The Mayor also noted police department renovations are still in progress, adding there is a Request for Proposal bid packet with an opening date scheduled for Nov. 20.

Also mentioned was that rural broadband boring activity has slowed, but is still ongoing, and the City has contact information for Spectrum’s operations manager.

Another topic of much interest was the status of the former Central Bank Building. The Mayor stated discussions regarding the sale of the building were still ongoing. Currently, he is working with the Budget, Finance and Administration Committee on the City’s range of ideas, including actively developing new concepts for lease purchase or basic leasing options.

He also addressed a grant which has may have renewed life. The Mayor said original indications were that Holden…

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