Annual water meeting held

HOLT, Fla., Sept. 25, 2020—Holt Water Works held its annual meeting last night at the First Baptist Church of Holt fellowship hall.

The past year’s significant events were highlighted as part of the agenda.

In addition to 18 new water meters that were added during fiscal year 2019-2020, Holt Water applied for and received a $30,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant for an engineering study and environmental report to construct a new water pump and tower on water-owned property on Galliver Cutoff.

This is the first step toward getting a grant to construct a new pump and tower, which costs about $2 million, according to Donna Ash, water office manager. It looks “promising,” she said.

In late March, Holt Water moved to its new location in the renovated Parker home on Pete Parker Road. As part of the changes to the old residence, Holt Water changed the address and access to Johnson Street so customers wouldn’t have to drive on the dirt road.

The utility purchased the house for $79,900 from the estate of the Pickens Living Trust and did about $30,000 in upgrades to turn it into a business office. Much of the renovations were done by operations manager Patrick Broxson, saving Holt Water thousands of dollars in contract costs, according to Ash.

During the meeting, two board members were reelected. Chris Palm and Mack Reeves will serve another three-year term.

Following the annual meeting, a reorganizational meeting was held to nominate and elect officers of the board of directors.

No changes were made. Mark Christiansen will continue as president for another year, Chris Palm will continue as vice president and Donna Ash will continue a secretary.

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