Aldermen say redesigned newsletter packed with information for Granite Quarry residents
GRANITE QUARRY — The town’s newsletter, “The Quarrier,” has a new look, and the Board of Aldermen give it a big thumbs up.
GRANITE QUARRY — In other news from Granite Quarry:• Price Pharmacy, 110 E. Bank St., will conduct its grand opening from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. There will be free screenings, prizes and food (starting at 11 a.m.)• The Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing on the town’s 2013-2014 budget at 6:45 p.m. June 3, in advance of its next regular meeting.• This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the town will provide trash bins for Granite Quarry residents to use as part of their spring cleanup. The bins will be located at 913 S. Main St., and the times are from 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.• The annual Fish for Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m. May 18 at Granite Lake Park. Sign-up is under way. Drop by Town Hall, or call 704-279-5596, extension 201, to register.• Town Manager Dan Peters said spending in the 2012-2013 fiscal year is 16 percent under budget, with every department in the black.“We’re pleased with where we are,” he said. “Everything is on line.” • Maintenance Director Kim Cress said the town’s volleyball courts are being upgraded to address a persistent drainage problem. They also will be given some new crystal sand, which is less sticky.Cress said the work has been slowed by the recent wet weather.• Cress also reported the maintenance department is spending a lot of time in mowing grass, because of the recent rain.• Fire Chief Mark Trueblood said the ladies auxiliary’s steak supper Saturday was a success, with a big turnout. Members of the Fire Department continue to visit Granite Quarry Elementary students at lunchtime every other Thursday, Trueblood reported.
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“It’s informative, if people would just take the time to go through it,” Alderman Jim LaFevers said Monday night.
Town Manager Dan Peters tipped his hat to Town Clerk Lydia Larios for the redesigned “Quarrier,” which just came out with its four-page Spring/Summer issue.
The only drawback is its distribution. Larios reports that 25 to 30 people are on the town’s list to receive it by email. Otherwise, it’s available at Town Hall and on the town’s website at www.granitequarrync.gov.
It is not mailed to residents. Town officials are encouraging residents to contact Town Hall and sign up for the newsletter to be emailed to them. There is no charge.
“This is well-done ... and it takes a lot of time,” Mayor Mary S. Ponds said.
The current issue includes upcoming events in Granite Quarry; information on recycling and Granite Quarry’s ordinance on open fire burning; a column from Ponds; news from the Granite Quarry fire, police and maintenance departments; an update on how the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will handle tags and taxes beginning July 1; and an “Employee Spotlight” on Police Officer Matt Milette.
In other business Monday night, the board heard from Gary Mattingly, chairman of the town’s downtown Revitalization Team, which recently held its first formal meeting.
“We’ve got a really good group to start this thing off with,” said Mattingly, who operates Slice of Heaven pizza.
He said the team discussed things Granite Quarry could possibly do to make people stop and get out of their vehicles, rather than just drive through on U.S. 52.
Some of the ideas could involve promotion of bike and hiking trails, Mattingly said as an example.
When asked by LaFevers what the team has talked about in terms of branding for Granite Quarry, Mattingly said it would be a mistake to come up with a brand “before we know what our brand is.”
Related to the revitalization effort, aldermen passed a resolution supporting “visionary funding” into the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The resolution essentially says that any unspent monies in the fund will roll over to the next budget year.
Aldermen also discussed repairs to the house the town owns and rents behind Granite Lake Park.
The house recently incurred extensive damage from a fallen tree. As part of settling the insurance claim, Town Manager Dan Peters also gathered estimates on other repairs needed with the house, including an upgrade to the heating and air-conditioning system.
After seeing some of the costs, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Feather and others expressed concerns the town, over coming years, would be spending more on the house’s upkeep than it was receiving in rental income, which is about $800 a month.
Aldermen agreed to take care of the damage caused by the tree with the insurance money but table other improvements, pending a discussion on what it wants to do with the property.
“We’re not in the (housing) rental business,” LaFevers said.
Ponds agreed it was “a very wise decision for us to make.”
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.