By Randy Arrington
STANLEY, March 8 — During its meeting on Wednesday, the Stanley Council voted unanimously to approve the 2023 season rates for the Hawksbill Pool.
There will be no increases in the pool rates for swimmers for the upcoming season, which begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day. The only increase to rates at the park focused on rental rates for the upstairs hall. Those rates went up, but previously required deposits were eliminated.
National Pool continues to search for a leak in the pool, and options to address the leak were discussed at this week’s council meeting. Cost estimates will be sought from Uncle D’s to install a new liner, and a quote will be sought from National Pool to plaster the pool’s interior.
The Town will begin to advertise for lifeguards later this month.
In other business at its March 8 meeting, the Stanley Council took the following actions:
• Heard a report from Town Manager Terry Pettit that $535,115.54 still remains in unspent ARAP funding. Just over $1.2 million in ARPA funds have been spent to date. Ongoing projects potentially earmarked for some of those funds include the Well No. 7 project, Ed Good Memorial Park stormwater upgrades, and the construction of a new concession stand at the park. Well No. 7’s progress still waits on supply chain issues. All permits have been obtained for the stormwater project, and the contractor should begin in the next few weeks, according to Pettit’s report. Construction on the concession stand has begun, including a change order costing an additional $3,450.
• Heard that a public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 before the regular monthly meeting, regarding a variance request from Allen Lucas Jr. The property owner wants a variance on one lot size so that he may separate two lots with homes located on Reed Lane for potential sale in the future. Members of the Stanley Planning Commission made a site visit with the Town Manager last week.
• Heard the monthly Police report for February, including 388 calls for service (270 self-initiated) and three citations written. The Department held its second podcast recently; April 1 marks the agency’s annual Youth Trout Day; a Chinese auction will be held Saturday, March 18 at the Stanley Fire Hall to raise funds for the new playground in memory of Officer Winum; a $30,000 grant was recently received for body cam equipment; and news of potentially receiving $152,000 in additional ARPA funds for police.
• Heard a report that the new entrance to Hawksbill Park is complete, with paving occurring later in the spring. Uncle D’s Pool and Spa is helping to install water features at the new dog park at Hawksbill, with trash receptacles ready to be installed as well. The Recreation Department still projects an April 8 opening.
• Approved a contract for $2,800 with Ray’s Tree Service for tree removal, tree trimming and stump grinding at Hawksbill Park property along Marksville Road.
• Approved the winning bid of $2,523 submitted by Jerry Ray Foltz for a pickup truck. The Town received a total of nine bids for the truck.
• Heard that 7,500 plastic eggs have been ordered for the Easter Egg Hunt planned for Saturday, April 1 to coincide with the Police Department’s Trout Day at Hawksbill Park.
• Heard that a second budget workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.
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