Phillips County Economic Development board president Nici Akey addressed the Holyoke City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20, announcing that PCED executive director Julie Worley has resigned from her position.
According to Akey, Worley will remain working with PCED through its new director transitional period. Akey noted PCED will postpone its next strategic planning meeting until they assign a new director.
Akey also discussed PCED’s interest in joining the council, along with Phillips County commissioners and the Town of Haxtun, in splitting the cost of advertising in an upcoming issue of Colorado Life Magazine. Varying ad sizes were suggested by the different groups, and more discussion is to follow.
Council seeking new member
Following councilmember David Churchwell’s resignation at the Jan. 6 meeting, the council continues to seek a new member to fill the vacant position.
The council’s charter states it has 30 days to appoint someone to fill a vacancy. That time frame allows the council until Saturday, Feb. 7, to choose a new member.
However, the next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3. If no appointment is made by that date, the council will hold a special meeting Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. to make a decision.
Applicants must be a Holyoke resident for a minimum of 12 months and need to submit a letter to the council detailing their background and interest in becoming a member.
City Superintendent Mark Brown told the council that he received a draft contract from Western Area Power Administration for renewing services for another 30 years.
He said that the fencing for the library restoration project has been received, and he plans to have workers begin the installation soon. However, some of the fence will need new concrete poured, which will have to wait until warmer weather.
Brown also noted that the Mini Park “looks a little bare.” City workers removed a majority of the old structures and trees earlier Tuesday. The project is expected to progress when suitable weather allows.
Holyoke Police Chief Doug Bergstrom reported that he has received seven résumés for the officer position the police department is looking to fill. He said he planned to run tests on all applicants Saturday morning, Jan 24, and would then interview them that afternoon.
In other business Tuesday, the council:
—approved a wage proposal for city employees. A majority of city employees are set to receive roughly a 3 percent increase in wages in 2015.
—agreed to pay officer Dan Coontz overtime for more than 45 hours worked in a week on a temporary basis starting Jan. 1.
—approved a travel request for Lennie Fisbeck and Jeremy Thompson to attend Colorado Rural Water Association conference in Denver, April 12-16, at a cost of $1,020.
—approved a travel request for Kathy Olofson to attend a grant writing class hosted by Denver Regional Council of Governments, March 2-3, at a cost of $1,082.
—approved a request for Mike Roll, Arley Krueger, Duane Werner, Bill Johnston, Troy Kent and Jason Redman to attend MSHA training Jan. 22 at the Phillips County Event Center at $8.50 each.
—paid 2015 contribution of $1,330 to Northeastern Colorado Association of Local Governments.
—paid 2015 membership dues of $100 to High Plains Highway.
—chose not to pay membership dues for High Plains Highway to join the Ports-to-Plains alliance.
—held two executive sessions for a total of 34 minutes. The first session was for legal advice from City Attorney Al Wall, and the second was to discuss personnel matters.
Holyoke Enterprise January 29, 2015