Meeting: Holland Council

The Holland Town Council met Wednesday and:

”¢ Picked Mitchell & Stark Construction, Medora, as a contractor for a wastewater collection system rehabilitation and the Kentucky Street lift station’s replacement. All six bids opened last month exceeded the town’s sewer grant funds but Mitchell & Stark’s total bid of $622,702.15 was the lowest — only about $13,000 more than the grant amount. The town’s sewer department will fund the shortfall, according to President Tom Thacker.

”¢ Decided to look into options for funding a 300-foot sidewalk on the north side of Main Street starting at the HUMmingbird Daycare Ministry and Nursery School’s new building. Jerry Blesch of Holland gave the Holland-based day care the former Dutch Haus restaurant building at State Road 161 and Main Street. It had been vacant for about 10 years.

”¢ Noted the town’s push to get all dogs in Holland registered will begin with a Holland Kiwanis Club rabies vaccination clinic planned for next week.

”¢ Made plans to discuss people interested in the town’s marshal position during an executive session slated for 6 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 505 W. Main St. Thacker said council members will also encourage some residents who mentioned the possibility of starting a neighborhood watch program. Josh Hemmer resigned as marshal last month to join the Huntingburg Police Department.

”¢ Discussed homeowners whose yards are in violation of the town’s weed and grass ordinance. “This can get out of hand pretty quickly if we don’t stay after it,” Thacker said after the meeting. The first violation of the ordinance can be accompanied by a $25 fine followed by fines of $50 and $75 for a second and third offense, respectively.

”¢ Voted to advertise the town’s loss control policy at the encouragement of the town’s insurance provider. The policy states all employees are encouraged to follow safe work methods and practices and to have a concern for the safety of their fellow workers.

Discussed the problem of dogs running at large. Pet owners can be fined if their dog is running at large, but Thacker said his main concern was that no one gets bit by a dog running off a leash.

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