|Scott Murray fills vacant council seat|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Scott Murray filled the vacant Holyoke City Council seat after being unanimously appointed at the Nov. 1 meeting.
Murray was the only one seeking the seat which will be up for election in April 2012.
Murray isn’t a stranger to the council scene. He served a full term from 1992-96.
Murray said he wants to work with the council to help serve the community. He hopes he will ease right in with the help of his experience.
Murray was born and raised in the Holyoke area and graduated from HHS in 1974.
He farms and drives a bus route for Holyoke School District. He also works part time at Spindler Lumber.
Murray and wife Sharon have three sons: Brett, Lance and Evan. Brett and wife Josie have three boys: Steven, Matthew and Daniel.
In his free time, Murray enjoys hunting and horse riding. He currently sits on the Credit Union board of directors and has been involved with Haxtun Conservation District, Lions Club and Pheasants Forever.
Scott Murray, pictured at left, takes the oath of office from city clerk/treasurer Kathy Olofson Tuesday
City recognized for Liberty Tree effort
Linda Langelo, CSU Extension horticulturist, attended last Tuesday’s meeting on behalf of the Liberty Tree Society, to present the council and mayor Orville Tonsing with a certificate of support and pin recognizing them for their work with the Liberty Tree.
The Elm Research Institute wanted to disperse 1,000 American Elms (Liberty Trees) across the United States, and Holyoke is one of 500 places so far to receive a tree, according to Langelo.
Reports of city officials
Council members heard reports from police chief Doug Bergstrom, city supt. Mark Brown and clerk/treasurer Kathy Olofson.
Bergstrom said he met with six police officer candidates and has narrowed the field down to three. He will meet with them one more time and then offer jobs to two of the officers. Once two officers are hired, Holyoke P.D. will be back to a full staff of four officers.
Bergstrom also noted he was going to promote officer Damon Ellis to sergeant unless the council objected. There weren’t any objections.
Bergstrom said Halloween was fairly uneventful. He said they had one report of eggs beging thrown, and those throwing the eggs were found. The chief also said there were some smashed pumpkins but there were no other reports of any criminal behavior.
Brown reported there was a water main break in the 300 block of S. Sherman Ave. Brown said it was the third one in that stretch of pipe in about five years.
Olfoson said she had spoken with Shirley Kadlec and the Vets Club about the “Honor Our Fallen” Remembrance Wall. They aren’t sure how much interest there will be in the wall, and it looks like things might be at a standstill.
Council members agree it is for a good cause and would be neat to have in town but don’t want to move ahead if no other entities are interested.
Barb Shafer, deputy town clerk of Haxtun, attended last Tuesday’s meeting to speak about Northeast Rural Philanthropy Days. She noted they are seeking funding for the event which will be held June 20-22, 2012 in Fort Morgan.
In other business Nov. 1, council members:
—renewed the volunteer accident medical plan with CIRSA for 2012.
—accepted the 2012 renewal quote for boiler and machinery insurance from CIRSA at $925.65.
—approved new manager’s registration for Holyoke Veterans Club, Inc.
—approved Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grant for a project which entails removing old runway markings, crack sealing the entire runway, seal coating the runway and remarking the pavement. $200,000 is the maximum amount that would be received, with the city matching 20 percent of whatever is received. Brown said the project would be put out to bid.
Holyoke Enterprise November 10, 2011