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Written by Chris Lee   
After a brief executive session with the city attorney Wednesday, Nov. 3, Holyoke City Council members decided to advertise for the vacant city council seat.

They are requiring interested parties to have letters submitted to the city by Monday, Nov. 15. The newest member will be appointed at the Tuesday, Nov. 16 meeting.

The seat became vacant after councilman Ray Bailey died Friday, Oct. 22. Bailey was elected in 2008 and the term will expire in 2012.


Council updated on K-9 program and Economic Development

Council members welcomed Michael Grant and Ace from Phillips County Sheriff’s Department, who updated them on the K-9 program the department recently began. Grant said he has spent countless hours training Ace and has seen really good progress.

The 1 1/2-year-old German Shepherd won’t be fully certified until next summer, but Grant said he is capable of searching for drugs. The deputy said he could use Ace now if the need arises but he won’t be able to be used at the federal level.

Grant reminded the council that Ace is a search dog and not a bite dog. Police Chief Phil Biersdorfer said having the K-9 in the area is and will be very beneficial to local law enforcement agencies.

Nici Bishop, executive director of Phillips County Economic Development, presented a brief update to council member at last Tuesday’s meeting. She reported on many of the things economic development has been involved with over the past year and also noted the city of Holyoke appointee is vacant as Bailey had held that position.


Reports of city officials

Council members heard reports from City Supt. Mark Brown, Police Chief Biersdorfer and City Attorney Al Wall.

Brown said city crews are busy picking up leaves throughout town.

Biersdorfer was questioned by councilman Kevin Scott on towing issues. Scott said he was contacted by city residents wondering why towing isn’t conducted locally. The chief said Bradley’s isn’t on the state tow list so HPD is required to contact a business on the list.

The chief noted if a person requests a local business then they can go ahead with that. He also said Bradley’s doesn’t want to be on the list and has actually taken their name off of it in the past.

Wall reported there were many different cities and towns in Colorado that had ballot issues dealing with regulation and prohibition of medical marijuana during last week’s election. He said some towns voted to regulate while others voted to prohibit medical marijuana and dispensaries.


Other business

In other business Nov. 3, council members:

—had a moment of silence in remembrance of Ray Bailey.

—accepted request from Phillips County Commissioners to waive the building permit fees for the remodeling project at the Phillips County Resource Center.

—renewed maintenance agreement with Vaisala for the AWOS (Automated Weather Observation System) at $4,200 for one year effective Dec. 20.

—adopted a resolution authorizing signatures for checking, savings, money market and certificates of deposit accounts for the city.

—approved final reading of ordinance prohibiting the retail sale, distribution, cultivation and dispensing of medical marijuana within city limits.

—held a budget work session after the meeting. The budget and ordinance for appropriations will be presented at the Nov. 16 meeting.