Meeting: Holland Council

The Holland Town Council met Wednesday and:

• Heard a report from Dubois Strong President Ed Cole highlighting the economic development agency’s recent events, such as an Ag Summit and Manufacturing Day. Cole told council members about a new agriculture degree program available through Vincennes University Jasper Campus, Vincennes University and Purdue University. Cole also reported on a Regional Opportunities Initiative, which is a program involving an 11-county area.

• Received an updated water rate study from rate consultant Jeremy Callahan providing four possible scenarios for a rate increase to assist funding of a water tower improvement project for Holland and Stendal. A rate increase of about 25 percent is likely and will be the subject of a public hearing in January. Council President Tom Thacker said about 8 percent of that projected increase would be from projected 2019 increases being passed on by the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District and St. Henry Water Corp.

• Appointed Sheila Wendholt to the Holland Park Board to fill a vacant seat becoming available Jan. 1.

• Learned that the Holland Events Committee’s recent Christmas luncheon and tree lighting program was successful and plans are now under way for a 2019 version.

• Scheduled a year-end meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.

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