HOLLY POND, Ala. – The Holly Pond Town Council on Monday evening selected Deborah Holcomb to complete the term of her husband Charles Holcomb, who passed away on May 14, 2023. The council also considered Holly Pond resident and Cullman businessman Michael Taylor for the position. Council members spoke highly of both, but Holcomb’s family experience in and around the town’s government gave her the edge.
Town attorney Dan Willingham echoed the feelings expressed in the discussion, saying of members, “You’re not voting against anyone.”
Holcomb, when she is sworn in, will assume Council Place 2 and responsibility for streets and public lights around town.
Councilman Ricky Carr told the council that he had not heard from Living Water Services, the town’s wastewater treatment provider, in some time. Mayor Carla Hart said that she was waiting on a contract from the company for repairs to the system, and that she, too, had not heard from the company in months. Worried that money designated for repairs might only be available for a limited time, Hart told the council that she will try to contact the company again, but will consider other avenues if she is unsuccessful.
Hart said that she will meet with representatives of Carcel & G Construction on Thursday to review and sign a contract for work on the Lick Creek Bridge. The council hopes to see work start in July and be completed before school starts back in August.
The Town replaced the damaged guardrail on Brooklyn Road at a cost of $3,900.
Holly Pond resident Rusty Roden previously submitted a request to the Alabama Department of Transportation for a gravel drive from U. S. Highway 278 into a pasture on his land, and the council discussed progress on the request. According to Hart, the State will install the drive, meeting all necessary codes, and the drive will not impact use of the sidewalk at that location.
The council passed a resolution allowing repairs and upgrades to the town’s playground to be paid for from American Rescue Plan funds.
Hart presented a new ordinance on “repair and demolition of dilapidated buildings and structures” for council review. The council will discuss and consider the ordinance at a future meeting.
The Holly Pond Town Council meets at the Guy Hunt Library at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend.
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