Mount Holly News

Nov 15, 2017

November 2017 Newsletter

A Message from the Manager

Hello Citizens,
Thank you for your support of the Gaston Outside GO Month Campaign during the month of October, all in the name of the betterment of Gaston County. There were a lot of people that worked diligently to provide a wonderful schedule of events for the entire month, which culminated with GOtober Fest on October 30th.

In a previous newsletter message I made mention of the City of Mount Holly embarking upon an update to its current Strategic Vision Plan,which was adopted in 2008. The update officially started on October 10, 2017 and was coordinated by Arnett Muldrow & Associates(Consultant).

The City's Vision Plan is a blueprint of its future and is filled with goals and objectives. The Plan is usually set for a ten (10) year period with timetables to revisit for the purpose of needed changes based upon certain conditions.


This actually happened with the Plan that was adopted in 2008 because the economy crashed during that same year. Therefore, there were certain economic development components of the Plan that had to be revised due to incompatibility with the existing conditions. Luckily, Mount Holly did not suffer as much economically as other jurisdictions, which resulted in less changes to the Plan.

The Consultant was in town for three days on October 10, 11 and 12, to collect specific data and interview folks that operate a business, own a business, own a building, own property, developers, etc. The Consultant also held a public input meeting one evening while in town. The participation from those mentioned was great. I commend you all for taking the time to give valuable input, which in my mind speaks to our citizens becoming stakeholders in the process. The byproduct is much more justified when you do so.

The Consultant will be back in town on November 27, 28 and 29. They will then be able to provide feedback regarding the information that was compiled in October. On November 28 at 6:00pm another Public Meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex (City Hall). You are cordially invited to attend the meeting where questions can be asked and input given.

This is the third Strategic Vision Plan that I have experienced since working for the City of Mount Holly. The process is better due to the fact that we have learned from the other two undertaken and the dynamics of the City are different.

There are some very exciting things on the horizon for the City of Mount Holly. You should be proud of the fact that Mount Holly has been a hidden jewel in the region, with the operative word being "hidden" with a flair of irony in that we are no longer hidden.

Thank you for your support and here's wishing you a happy month of November.

Danny Jackson, City Manager


Attention Mount Holly Citizens!

On Friday, November 10, 2017, at 7PM and Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11AM the Mount Holly Historical Society will be holding a Veterans Day Program to honor all Mount Holly Veterans. The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 133 S. Main Street, Mount Holly, NC. Following each program light refreshments will be served at The Mount Holly Historical Society Museum located at 131 S. Main Street, Mount Holly, NC. Visit www.facebook.com/MHHSNC or e-mail mhhistoricalsociety@gmail.com for more details.

Do you have photographs of past or present service members in uniform who have lived in Mount Holly? Please submit them to us with their full name, rank, and years of service, so they can be included in this year's Veterans Day program.


Mount Holly Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Mount Holly is accepting applications for its Christmas Parade. This annual event is one of the largest in the
area. The Mount Holly Christmas Parade will be held on Wednesday, November 29th at 4:00pm. There is no entry fee to enter the parade; however all participants are required to complete an entry form. Vendors will need to complete the entry form and pay the appropriate vendor fee. For more information please call 704-951-0074 ext. 100 or check the website www.mtholly.us.

The City of Mount Holly has partnered with the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation to bring you the Annual Mount Holly Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday, November 29th at 5:30pm on Main Street and Wells Fargo. Santa will be stopping by to participate in the ceremony.


LEAF COLLECTION

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly by saving paper, no Leaf Collection door hangers were distributed this year. You will be able to access the Leaf Collection Calendar and Leaf Collection Route Map by visiting the City's website.

Below is information regarding the Leaf Collection Policy:

  • Leaf pick up begins on October 18 and ends on December 31
  • Loose leaves should be raked and placed along the curbside
  • If you plan to bag leaves or grass trimming, place in clear plastic bags or an approved yard waste con- tainer
  • Separate leaves from sticks and branches for ease of collecting leaves with vacuum truck
  • Do not place leaves in the streets, sidewalks, ditches or gutters, as they may wash into the storm water infrastructure

Your Street & Solid Waste Department is always here to assist you. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 704-827-9726.


PARKS AND RECREATION

Youth basketball registration is going on now. Leagues are available for ages 3-high school. You can register online at www.mtholly.us up until Monday, November 13th, or you can register in person at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex until Friday, November 17th.

Registration is also going on for youth indoor lacrosse. The program will be held at the Tuckaseege Community Center, on Sundays from 1-5pm beginning on December 3rd. For more information or to register please email mountainislandlax@gmail.com.

Shag classes are currently being held at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex on Wednesday evenings. There is a beginner class from 6-7pm, and intermediate from 7-8pm. For more information on the class please contact the instructor at uwillseeme@live.com.

The Mount Holly Sole Patrol, a senior citizen activity group, is looking for new members. The Patrol meets Monday-Friday 8:30-
11am at the Tuckaseege Community Center Zumba classes are currently being held at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm. The cost is $5/class. For more information on the class please contact the instructor at zumbamas17@gmail.com.

The Mount Holly Fitness Center is looking for new members. The Fitness Center is located at the Tuckaseege Community Center, and is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-8pm, and Saturday 9am-12pm.

For more information on Mount Holly Parks & Recreation please check the website www.mtholly.us or call Athletics- 704-951-3024, November Leaf Collection Schedule or 704-951-3006.


Utilities Connection

As most of you have noticed NCDOT has started preparing for the road widening project on highway 273. They will be expanding to 4 lanes from HWY 273 (South Main Street) to Highland Street at A&E Drive.

Utility relocations will be the entire length of 273 and is approximately 1 1/3 miles. Please take caution as this area will be congested. NCDOT will work diligently to ensure this project runs as smoothly as possible. However, if you have questions the NCDOT number is 1-877-368-4968 or https://www.ncdot.gov/contact/. You may also contact our after- hours Emergency Customer Service at 980-522-0202.

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