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Written by Isaac Kreider   

By Isaac Kreider

After several months of negotiations with Kentec Communications Inc. of Sterling, the Holyoke City Council made final arrangements for its agreement with the company at the Tuesday, Oct. 21, meeting.

The agreement requires KCI to pay $135 per month to rent space on the Holyoke water tower for its broadband Internet equipment.

Equipment will include four sectors, which are small antennas about 6 inches wide and roughly 18 inches long. They are to be placed outside the tower rail to send signals in each direction. Two dishes will also be installed, taking up about a 2-foot-by-1-foot area.

KCI’s Kent Sager has said that the equipment will not create a conflict or disrupt any current frequency. The company has also placed equipment on Haxtun’s water tower.

City Superintendent Mark Brown said new electrical lines will need to be run to the water tower. KCI will be responsible for the expenses to install these new services that will run parallel to the Chase 3000 electrical lines.

The agreement was approved on a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Scott casting the opposing vote and councilmember J.C. Peckham abstaining from voting, citing a vested interest in the matter. Mayor Orville Tonsing was not present for the meeting.


Council discusses allowing wine tasting in town

New businesses bring new ideas, and even though Red’s Liquors LLC is not an entirely new business in Holyoke, owners Jeff and Olga Sullivan have new ideas they are wanting to offer to the community.

Olga was in attendance at the council meeting last week to discuss an ordinance to allow wine tastings in the city.

“We have attended multiple tastings in the Denver area,” Sullivan said. “It is a popular way to promote business and educate customers about products. It is closely regulated and can be a lot of fun.”

Sullivan was well-prepared with specific and thorough information about the requirements and restrictions that they would be adhering to when conducting a wine tasting at their store.

She informed the council of some of the more pertinent details, including that a tasting can only be conducted by a person who has completed a server training program and only on licensed premises. Tastings must be held between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., cannot exceed five hours in length and cannot occur on more than four days per week, Monday-Saturday.

Sullivan also noted that regulations prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from being served, limit customers to four one-ounce samples of wine and require the licensee to promptly remove all open and unconsumed beverages from the premises following a tasting.

City Attorney Al Wall said a wine tasting ordinance was being discussed a few years back, but the initiator decided not to continue with it and the matter was dropped at that time.

The council agreed to have Wall come up with a sample ordinance agreement to be reviewed at the next council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 4.


City workers to attend LTAP fall classes

The Local Technical Assistance Program is a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration. It is an information and training provider for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges and provides training courses across the country.

At the Oct. 21 meeting, councilmembers agreed to send two city workers to an “Advanced Chip Seal” course this fall. Chip seal is a form of pavement surface treatment. Two city workers will also be selected to attend a “Safety on the Job” course this fall.


Officials report

Brown reported two power outages that occured since the last council meeting. One was on Oct. 15 in the 800 blocks of S. Baxter and S. Belford avenues. The other was on Oct. 17 in the 200-500 blocks of S. High School and S. Coleman avenues. Both outages were caused by squirrels.

He also acknowledged the completion of the alley paving between the 100 block of S. Interocean and S. Baxter avenues.

Brown mentioned “’tis the season” for leaf cleanup. The streets crew has been out with “Snuffy,” the city’s leaf disposal machine, and is working to clear up leaves piled in the gutters.

City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Olofson stated that the 2015 budget is moving right along, and the council plans to have a work session after its Nov. 4 meeting.

Police Chief Doug Bergstrom was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting, but councilmember David Churchwell made an announcement on his behalf. Churchwell told the council that asbestos tests had been received by the Holyoke Police Department regarding the trailers at the mobile home park east of the hospital and action is to be taken soon to clean up the trailers in question.


Other business

In other business Tuesday, the council:

—approved a donation request from the Golden Plains Recreation Center for 12 swimming pool passes for its third annual fundraising event.

—appointed Steve Triplette to finish Eldon McCormick’s term on the Holyoke Planning Commission through June 2018.

—designated Brown to attend the Holyoke Lions Club meeting Oct. 23 to discuss the construction plans for the Mini Park project.

—renewed the business lease for Ron’s, effective Nov. 1, 2014–Oct. 31, 2015.

—renewed the liquor license for First Dragon Chinese Restaurant.

—appointed Judy Beavers to another three-year term on the Cemetery Board.

Holyoke Enterprise October 30, 2014