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Board to discuss relocation of towns’ tennis courts

Commissioners will also discuss adoption of new street maintenance policy


Hope Mills commissioners will discuss the relocation of the town’s tennis courts to the Golfview Greenway and a new street maintenance policy at the board’s 7 p.m. meeting Monday at Town Hall.

Golfview Greenway tennis and pickleball courts

The town’s tennis courts are currently in poor condition due to cracks in the ground, according to Lamarco Morrison, the town’s parks and recreation director. The Parks and Recreation Department would like to build four outdoor tennis courts, ADA-compliant sidewalks, an outdoor restroom and utilities to replace the current tennis courts. The tennis courts will also be adaptable to be turned into 8 pickleball courts.

The town staff met with the N.C. Dept. of Transportation in mid-March to discuss additional road improvement or parking requirement needs involved in moving forward with the project. NCDOT confirmed the improvements did not need to happen, but staff did state the town would have to submit a site plan showing the existing gravel parking lot and apply for a permit to make it a “permanent site condition,” according to the agenda.

The board is being asked to approve the project and to make two financial requests. First, the board is being asked to reallocate $467,880 in ARPA funds toward its design and development. Second, the board is asked to approve a budget amendment of $467,900 in order to set up an account for the relocation/construction project. 

Street acceptance policy

The board will be discussing a new Street Acceptance Policy. This policy would allow property owners to petition the board to have the town maintain privately owned streets. The policy stipulates that property owners would need to submit an application, at which point the town’s Public Works Department and Stormwater Department will then inspect the street and if its condition is determined to be acceptable, the application will be sent to the board of commissioners for consideration. The commissioners will then decide to approve the addition of the street to the town’s Street Maintenance System.

The policy will also include travel lanes, curb and gutters, stormwater infrastructure and sidewalks.

Other business

The board will be reappointing Cynthia Hamilton and Marriane McLean to the Board of Adjustment, both for two-year terms.

The board will also go into closed session regarding attorney-client privilege and personnel matters.

Town Manager Chancer McLaughlin will also provide updates on town projects, grant updates, construction projects and upcoming community events.

Contact Hannah Lee at hannahleenews@gmail.com.

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