Holly Pond Council refunds summer ball league fees

Holly Pond Mayor Bill Oliver is seen at the special called council meeting Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – In a special called meeting, the Holly Pond Town Council voted to refund fees citizens paid for participation in the town’s annual ball leagues.

Holly Pond Councilwoman Michelle Bell noted the fees were $60 for T-ball and $75 for baseball and softball.

The refunds are in response to the cancellation of the league’s season due to COVID-19.

Holly Pond Mayor Bill Oliver shared, “The purpose of this meeting is to refund our money to our people who have paid their entrance fee for the summer league. The summer has been canceled, it is not going to go, it’s not going to make it. After talking with the attorney from the (Alabama) League of Municipalities to discuss how to do this, because I knew you can’t just write checks, they said I had to have a meeting of the council in order for us to refund their money. Michelle has the receipts of the people that paid. Rodney (Hays) has the paperwork (for those who paid). Between those two, we’re to use those as invoices to show they did pay it and to also get the mailing address.”

He said, “We have people out there, we’ve got some, hopefully none, that have lost jobs or losing pay and I just feel like the faster we can get their money back to them, the better served they are. I hope everyone sees why we’re doing this.”

The Holly Pond Town Council meets the first Monday of each month. The next regularly scheduled meeting is April 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Guy Hunt Library.

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Maggie Darnell