Sizing Up Holts Summit
From 1990-2000, Holts Summit's 28.1% growth rate was higher than any other Callaway County community. The 2000 Census put its population at almost 3,000.
"Back in the early 1990s, we were averaging 10-15 building permits per year," Mayor Dan Cox said. "Through the first 6 months of 2006, we've already issued 41."
At least 7 new subdivisions have popped up throughout Holts Summit in the past 4 years, about 570 new houses either completed or scheduled for completion, some within the next year and a half.
"Something that makes Holts Summitt attractive, to not only myself but other developers, is the fact that you have reasonably flat land here," explained Ken Otke of Otke Construction.
New homes mean new families which could open the door for new businesses. The Holts Summit Community Betterment Association has at least 50 members.
"We are really here to promote the economic and civil welfare of the community and residents," said Brenda Leydens of the association.
"Our city only operates on a 3% sales tax. We do not levy a property tax, so it's very important that, if you live in the 65043 area, that you patronize the businesses in Holts Summit," added Leydens.
The town has grown from 4 part-time workers to 20 full-time employees, including a police force with eight full-time officers. In addition, Holts Summit now does most of its own road and sewer work. Big steps in the past 15 years for a town only 33 years old.
Holts Summit just finished a new recreation facility, Hibernia Park. Government grants and local donations paid for the 10-year project. And the community just bought 55 acres to clean up and develop Greenway Park, which will include baseball diamonds and walking trails.