Holly Pond moves forward with plans for sewer plant upgrade

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The Holly Pond Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Guy Hunt Library. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND – The Holly Pond Town Council at January’s meeting granted Mayor Bill Oliver permission to pursue two grants to upgrade and/or renovate Holly Pond’s sewer plant. After meeting with Cullman County Economic Development (CCED), which advised the council on the grant process, Oliver provided an update at this week’s meeting. The CCED’s Tanya Sears also attended February’s meeting to provide more information.

Oliver said of the plant, “It is literally falling apart.”

The plant is about 40 years old, and Sears told the council, “Sixty-five percent of your budget goes to running that plant, when it should be 15 percent.”

A first step toward renovation would be having an engineering firm conduct a study on the plant to provide more specific information on what needs to be repaired and to obtain a quote for that work.

Oliver proposed the Town pay for the upfront costs. Oliver also asked permission from the council to get preparation work done on the lines, which consists of clearing out brush and forestry that may have grown over the lines since the plant was built. Motions were made for both items and both passed.

In other business, the council approved the new business license fee of $5, an increase from 50 cents.  

The council continued its discussion from last month on a new speed limit ordinance that would make school zone speed limits 20 mph and other roads within town limits 35 mph (with the exception of U.S. Highway 278). Roads with limits already less than 30 mph would remain the same.  No action was taken.

The council also discussed the creation of social media accounts and a website for the Town of Holly Pond, but no action was taken.

The Holly Pond Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Guy Hunt Library. The next council meeting will be March 4.

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