The shaded area represents current Holly Pond boundaries accepted by the Holly Pond Town Council and the Cullman County Revenue Commission.
HOLLY POND – At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Holly Pond Town Council officially defined the municipality’s member properties and boundaries. A map drawn up by Town Attorney Dan Willingham and displayed for public review at the town hall for the last two months was approved by the passing of an ordinance. Mayor Bill Oliver speculated that the map might not be perfect, but that it represented a good starting point.
Willingham commented, “The fact that the (office of the) revenue commissioner has that as its map indicates that it thinks that everybody that’s in it is in the town limits.”
The council did not indicate the size of the included area or its population.
The council also received a request from the board of the Guy Hunt Library to extend its hours by an extra eight hours per week, with those hours added to Wednesdays and Thursdays. A motion to approve the request passed, creating the following weekly schedule to go into effect at a future date to be determined by the board:
- Saturday, Sunday and Monday – closed
- Tuesday – 1-6 p.m.
- Wednesday – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Thursday – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Friday – 1-6 p.m.
The council also welcomed Catherine Bethell of Hanceville’s First Source for Women, who has been visiting municipal councils across the county to acquaint them with the faith-based pregnancy and parenting services offered by the organization, including its upcoming mobile unit service. For more on that, see our stories http://cullmansense.com/articles/2017/02/25/choosing-life-first-source-women-offers-help-women-facing-pregnancy and http://www.cullmansense.com:8080/articles/2017/02/25/first-source-women-take-services-road-new-mobile-unit.
Oliver and the council briefly reviewed a new sewer ordinance drawn up by Willingham. Oliver stated that he had found a previous ordinance that had been drawn up years ago but never passed.
Willingham explained, “It monitors what can be put into your system, and gives you a lot of control over your system; whereas you didn’t have a whole lot of that. People put in it whatever they’d put in it, but this monitors a lot closer. I’m surprised ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) didn’t make us have one before.”
Oliver noted that the current system is more than 40 years old and potentially fragile because of the age, and needs close monitoring from protection from damage. The discussion was for review only; the council took no action at this meeting.
The council voted unanimously to authorize the mayor to pay for repairs to structures in the town park like the bridge, and he recommended that they consider installing more electrical outlets for events in the park.
The mayor and council closed the meeting by honoring Town Clerk Linda Pope. May 7-13 is Municipal Clerks Week in 2017. Oliver issued a proclamation recognizing the observance in Holly Pond, and further declared Tuesday, May 2, 2017 as Linda Pope Day in the town.
The Holly Pond Town Council normally meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Guy Hunt Library. The public is invited to attend.
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