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Village of Holly to host 4th of July firework show Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Monday, July 01 2013

Holly's 2013 fireworks display...

HOLLY, Michigan – Bush Lake will serve as the backdrop for a fabulous fireworks display as Holly officially celebrates America’s 237th birthday at dusk on Thursday, July 4.

Every year, Holly’s family-oriented fireworks show attracts more than 5,000 visitors and hundreds of vehicles into the village, causing the Holly Police Department to establish certain guidelines for the event.

Visitors are advised that Lakeside Park near Holly Bush and Thomas Street, the Holly Township Beach located at 501 Thomas St., and Lakeside Cemetery event parking area on East Street north of Elm all offer excellent viewing areas for the show. Before heading out to the show, take time to review the park rules and event information.

 
‘Gray Lady’ of First Street to receive makeover Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, June 28 2013

102 First Street, Holly.

HOLLY, Michigan - While John Lauve won’t be the man to give the 102 First Street home a total makeover, he will forever be credited – or blamed, for saving the three-story dilapidated structure from demolition.

Last November, Holly’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) allocated approximately $23,000 to buy the property, and promptly deeded it to the village of Holly for the purpose of demolishing the home and potentially using the property for a 30-35 space parking lot.

In January, Lauve lobbied to save the historic home, calling it a “gem,” and telling council members its refurbishment would only enhance the “Mill Plaza” area. Council initially rejected Lauve’s pleas, and in February, condemned the “Gray Lady,” and prepared for demolition.

 
Holly Block Party deemed a success Print
Saturday, June 15 2013

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Council outsources 24/7 dispatch services to Oakland County, sells dispatch equipment Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, June 14 2013

In a vote of 5-2, council made...

HOLLY, Michigan – More than 100 concerned residents filled the auditorium of Holly Middle School Tuesday night, and most of them left angry after council voted to shut down the village’s dispatch center and send the services to Oakland County.

In April, council began exploring the idea of outsourcing dispatch services to Oakland County as a way of saving the village between $80,000 and $150,000 per year, depending upon whether the village officials sent one 12-hour shift to Oakland County Dispatch per day, or scrapped dispatch services all together.  

While the village currently pays $305,000 annually to keep its dispatch center up and running, the cost of outsourcing dispatch services to Oakland County for one 12-hour shift per day is $43,000 per year,  or $113,000 per year for  24/7 services.

 
Holly council holds off on dispatch outsourcing decision Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, May 31 2013

"Save Our Dispatch" signs can ...

HOLLY, Michigan – An over-capacity crowd crammed Holly’s Village Chambers Tuesday night as council members once again considered outsourcing the village’s dispatch center to Oakland County.

Last month, council initially began discussing the possibility of outsourcing dispatch services to Oakland County as a way of saving the village between $80,000 and $150,000 per year, depending upon whether the village outsources one 12-hour shift to Oakland County per day, or scraps dispatch services all together.  

While most of the nearly 20 residents that took to the podium Tuesday night were against the notion of outsourcing, a few spoke in favor of it.

 
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