Jan 26, 2018
February 2018 Newsletter
A Message from the Manager
Hello good citizens,
Hope all is well with you and your families during this early cold start of the New Year. I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding while we were dealing with the inclement weather in January.
As we move forward into the calendar year it marks the mid point of our fiscal budget year (2017-2018). Therefore, it is that time of the year where we are moved to perform an analysis of where we are in providing services to our citizens and what impacts have taken place on our budget. It then gives us an opportunity to make any necessary adjustments.
The midyear also marks the time that our City Council will conduct its Strategic Planning Retreat which serves as a prelude to city staff preparing for the budget process of the next fiscal year (2018-2019). The fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.
The process for the City Council Retreat is that by the end of the calendar year members of the City Council and my staff are given an opportunity to submit a list of items that could be discussed at the upcoming Strategic Planning Retreat. Once the list of items is compiled it is then submitted to our Mayor for review.
The Mayor under his authority sets the agenda for all City Council Meetings. Therefore, the Mayor selects certain items from the mentioned list and establishes the agenda for the meeting.
The Retreat Meeting is an all day affair usually held at the Municipal Complex. Depending upon what topics are on the agenda certain Department Heads and I make presentations to the City Council. The culmination of the meeting is that City Council sets direction for me which is then implemented with help from my staff.
Although the City of Mount Holly has accomplished a lot this past year it looks like we have a lot more work ahead of us. I am happy to say that in our industry being busy is a good thing for a lot of reasons.
I pray that you all will be safe and warm during the remainder of the cold season.
Danny Jackson, City Manager
Bringing Unity to the Community
The Mount Holly Black History Committee will hold its 15th Annual Black History Forum on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00pm. The event will take place in the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex, located at 400 East Central Avenue, Mount Holly, NC 28120.
The theme for this year's event is "Bringing Unity to the Community." The public is cordially invited to attend the event. For more information contact Mike Hart at 704-458-2677
Mount Holly Historical Society
Visit the Mount Holly Historical Society! Located in the heart of downtown Mount Holly on Main Street, our museum is a treasure of local history and unique artifacts. Explore our exhibits, utilize our Research Library, and browse through our Gift Shop. We are open every Saturday between 10am and 1pm. Join us for a free, thematic program every fourth Tuesday of the month starting at 7:00pm. These programs are open to the public, so bring a friend!
Tuesday, February 27 (7pm)
Annual Black History Month program, "History Before Us"
presented by local oral historian and documentarian Frederick Murphy.
Mount Holly Historical Society & Museum
131 South Main Street
Mount Holly, NC 28120
Rotary Club of Mount Holly's 22nd Annual Men Who Cook!
Sunday, February 25th
Grand Hall of Mount Holly Municipal Complex
For over two decades, the Rotary Club of Mount Holly has raised money to provide worthy Gaston County high school seniors with scholarship funds to assist them in attending the college or university of their choice through this annual fundraiser. This year scholarships will be awarded to Stuart Cramer High School and East Gaston High School.
Men Who Cook brings together some of the finest male "chefs" in Gaston County to share their culinary skills with citizens who buy tickets to attend the event. The individuals who serve as cooks for this fundraiser have historically included civic and business leaders, elected officials, high school culinary art classes. Rotarians from the Mount Holly Club, and individuals who simple have an interest in either cooking or helping a student take advantage of higher education. It is a fun day that supports a great cause!
Over 50 of Gaston County's finest male "chefs" will bring their chosen dish (sometimes prepared by the women in their lives!) to the Mount Holly Municipal Complex on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Hundreds of Mount Holly and Gaston County citizens will buy tickets to Men Who Cook which will allow them to go through a serving line and sample each dish: meats, vegetables, breads, and desserts.
You can purchase tickets ($10 for adult and $5 for children) online at www.rotarymountholly.com or from a Mount Holly Rotarian.
Questions? Please contact MountHollyRotaryClub@gmail.com.
Parks and Recreation
Registration for spring sports is ongoing. Registration takes place at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex, 400 East Central Avenue. The deadline for spring soccer is Wednesday, February 21st. The deadline for baseball, girls' volleyball and softball is Wednesday, February 28th. Register early as registration may be closed early if
teams fill up.
The Sole Patrol, a senior citizen activity group, is looking for new members. The Sole Patrol meets Monday-Friday 8;30-11;00am at the Tuckaseege Community Center.
Shag lessons will be taught beginning on Wednesday, February 21st. The class will run for 5 weeks at the Mount Holly Municipal
Complex. The beginners class begins at 6:30pm, while intermediates begin at 7:30pm. For more information on the shag class please contact
the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 9am12pm.
Come join Discover You and Mount Holly Parks & Recreation as we celebrate Daddy/Daughter day on Saturday, February 10th at Discover You. The event begins at 9am, register online at www.discover-you.org
For more information on Mount Holly Parks & Recreation please call 704-951- 3024, 704-951-3006, or check the website www.mtholly.us
The Mount Holly Fire Department would like to recognize our award winners from the Annual Fireman's Awards Banquet held on Saturday, January 13th.
- ? 2017 Career Firefighter of the Year - Clint Laughlin
- ? 2017 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year – Jason Gowen
- ? Most Active Volunteer - Daniel Treece
- ? Most Training Hours Volunteer – Josh Johnson Jr.
- ? Most Training Hours Career - Captain Scott Furr
During the event Assistant Chief of Volunteers Eddie Summerlin was recognized with 35 years of service. Eddie has been valuable volunteer since 1983, serving on the Life Saving Crew and the Fire Department. The City recently hired 6 new Firefighters for the North Fire Station. They have started their orientation process. This group of Firefighters has added a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. These gentlemen have started working on their assigned shifts at the Headquaters Station and the Catawba Heights Station until the new station opens some time in early 2018.
Strategic Vision Plan Update
In August, the City kicked off the Strategic Vision Plan Update Project with Arnett Muldrow & Associates. Thus far, the Project Team has met with over 250 people, comprised of citizens, merchants, building & property owners and leaders of community organizations during separate, three-day workshops in October and November. We are now half-way through the process, and that is why the next step is very important. On January 22nd, the City launched the Community Perception and Behavior Survey, which can be found on the homepage of the City website at www.mtholly.us . Your answers to this survey will be utilized as an important data collection tool for determining what future goals should be included in the new Vision Plan for Mount Holly. For those who would like to fill out a survey but do not have access to a computer, City staff will be working to set up survey stations at the Municipal Complex. You will be notified by phone of these upcoming dates and times. Also, if you have not liked and followed the City's Official Facebook page, please do so, as more information on this important community-based planning and visioning project will be posted in the coming weeks.
2018 Calendar of Events
Wednesday 28— Toddler Egg Hunt, Tuckaseege Park 10:00 am
Friday 6—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/Fantastic Shakers, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Friday 13—Food Truck Friday, Special Occasion Band, Downtown South Main 5:00-9:00 pm
Saturday 28—Springfest 5K Run, Discover You 8:00 am
Tuesday 1—Springfest Senior Dinner, Grand Hall 5:30 pm
Wednesday 2—Springfest Kidfest, Tuckaseege Park Gym 10:00 am
Thursday 3—Community Dinner, Grand Hall 6:30 pm
Friday 4—Movies in Park, Tuckaseege Park 7:00 pm
Saturday 5—Springfest, Déjà vu (morning)/Coming Up Brass (afternoon), Downtown South Main 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Friday 11—Food Truck Friday, On the Border-Eagles Tribute, Downtown South Main 5:00-9:00 pm
Friday 25—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/The Entertainers, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Friday 8—Food Truck Friday, Whiskey Gentry, Downtown South Main 5:00-9:00 pm
Thursday 14—Arts in Park, Tuckaseege Park 4:30 pm
Friday 15—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Thursday 28—Fireworks Celebration/Food Trucks, Coming Up Brass, Downtown South Main 5:30 pm
Friday 29—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/Blackwater Rhythm & Blues, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm J
Friday 13—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/The Tams, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Friday 27—Summer Concert Series,DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/Jim Quick, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Tuesday 7—National Night Out, River Street Park 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday 10—Food Truck Friday, The Legacy Motown Revue, Downtown South Main 5:00-9:00 pm
Friday 17—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/Too Much Sylvia, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Saturday 18—Movies in Park, Tuckaseege Park 7:00 pm
Friday 31—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach Boogie, The Continental Divide, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Friday 14—Food Truck Friday, Backwoodz, Downtown South Main 5:00-9:00 pm
Saturday 22--Muzik Fest, Downtown South Main, 2:00-6:00 pm
Friday 28—Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/Steve Owens and Summertime Band, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Friday 5— Summer Concert Series, DJ: Johnny B's Beach & Boogie/Band of Oz, Downtown South Main 7:00-10:00 pm
Friday 12—Food Truck Friday, Kids in America, Downtown South Main 5:00-9:00 pm
Thursday 25— Hollyween Bash, Tuckaseege Park, 5:30—8:00 pm
Wednesday 28— Christmas Parade, Downtown 4:00 pm
Thursday 6—Santa @ Grand Hall, 2:00-5:00 pm
Friday 7—Santa @ Grand Hall, 2:00-5:00 pm
Thursday 13—Santa @ Grand Hall, 2:00-5:00 pm
Friday 14—Santa @ Grand Hall, 2:00-5:00 pm