Meeting: Holland Council

From left, the Holland Events Committee’s Andrea Peters, Lee Bilderback, Sharon Springston and Dave Springston, and the Town of Holland’s Vickie and Tom Thacker accept the Indiana Historical Society’s 2018 Outstanding Collaborative Project Award during the Indiana Historical Society’s annual Founders Day dinner Monday at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. IHS honored the Holland Commons project, saying it illustrates how nonprofit organizations and a town government can work together to enhance the community. Holland Commons, at Fourth and Main streets, features a Holland History Sculpture telling the town’s founding history; a Gold Star memorial and flagpole remembering town veterans; a gazebo allowing the public to host public gatherings; and a green space highlighting trees and plants native to Indiana.


The Holland Town Council met Wednesday and:

• Voted 2 to 1, with President Tom Thacker the lone member in opposition, to approve an ordinance allowing side-by-side all-terrain vehicles on town streets. An off-road vehicle must be insured, registered (displaying Department of Natural Resources registration decals) and be operated by an individual who has a valid driver’s license

• Noted the $1.13 million, grant-funded water tower project is moving forward. Holland is using a $600,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs toward rehabilitating the Holland water tower and replacing a small Stendal tower with a 50,000-gallon replacement. The remaining $532,000 that’s needed will come from a low-interest State Revolving Fund loan. Thacker says the town will likely close on the SRF loan in January or February. Holland opened bids for the work last week. Those bids were taken under advisement, and a contract will be awarded after Holland closes on the SRF loan and gains a release of funds for the grant. A preliminary rate analysis suggested there being about an 18 percent hike to water charges to finish out the funding, but that detail will be nailed down by a full rate study to come.

• Announced four people are interested in a seat on the Holland Park Board. The council will make the appointment at year’s end. Thacker said the candidates will be interviewed this month. “I believe all four would make a good board member,” Thacker said.

• Voted to have Clerk-Treasurer Ray Schuetter pay off an outstanding water department bond.

• Notified visitors that representatives of the Holland Events Committee and Town of Holland traveled Monday to Indianapolis to accept the Indiana Historical Society’s 2018 Outstanding Collaborative Project Award during IHS’s annual Founders Day dinner at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. IHS honored the Holland Commons project, saying it illustrates how nonprofit organizations and a town government can work together to enhance the community. Holland Commons, at Fourth and Main streets, features a Holland History Sculpture telling the town’s founding history; a Gold Star memorial and flagpole remembering town veterans; a gazebo allowing the public to host public gatherings; and a green space highlighting trees and plants native to Indiana.




More on DuboisCountyHerald.com