Holly Pond Town Council presents $10K to local schools

Holly Pond High School Principal Dr. Nate Ayers and Holly Pond Elementary/Middle School Principal Karen Sparks received checks from the Holly Pond Town Council Monday evening, April 1, 2024. Left to right are Gladys Wisener, Ricky Carr, Paul Brown, Dr. Nate Ayers, Mayor Carla Hart, Karen Sparks, Deborah Holcomb and Julie Ray. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – The Holly Pond Town Council on Monday presented $5,000 checks to each of the town’s schools: to Holly Pond High School Principal Dr. Nate Ayers, and to Holly Pond K-8 Principal Karen Sparks. The presentation was made at a council meeting held at the high school library at Ayers’ invitation.

“We’re happy to donate to them every year,” said Mayor Carla Hart. “It goes to a good cause. We love our kids.”

Sparks told the council, “We always are so thankful for the support from our community for our schools. This money is well needed, and we’ll put it to good use.”

Ayers said, “We could not do what we do on a daily basis without the partnership with the Town of Holly Pond. Our major focus this year was to bring the community back into our school, to bring family back into our school. I don’t think it is a surprise for that to be a focus to anybody that’s sitting in this room. I feel like we’ve really – I hate to say that we’ve knocked that out of the park – but I feel like we’ve done a really good job with that.”

Ayers expressed a desire for the council to return to one of the schools for a meeting at least once per year, saying, “I think it screams volumes to our community for us to be on the same page.”

Council business

Hart told the council:

  • The Holly Pond Lions Club will provide labor to build the town’s mini food pantry, and the club presented a quote of $301.25 for materials (The actual amount will be lower since the total included sales tax the Town will not have to pay)
  • The 100 kw generator at the sewage treatment plant has been repaired at a cost of $4,559.32
  • Carpet has been installed in the town’s ballpark batting cages, and she hoped that nets could be installed soon.
  • A new septic tank was installed at town hall and connected to the town’s sewer system.
  • A French drain needs to be installed behind town hall to help drainage from a constantly wet area there
  • The Town is consulting with Carcel & G Construction for repairs to a sinkhole on New Hope Road in front of the high school; when Hart said that repairs could temporarily close the road, Ayers told the council that the school has contingency plans in place for buses and traffic
  • The Town will get a quote from White Pine Landscaping for regular maintenance services at Governors Park

The council approved an expenditure of up to $350 to purchase a small freezer for the ballpark concession stand.

The Holly Pond Town Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Guy Hunt Library. The public is invited to attend.

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