Thursday, June 27, 2013
City honors outgoing administration
By SUE WATSON
The outgoing Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen, plus recently retired employees and a citizen, were recognized last week.
The next to the last board meeting for the outgoing administration was held in the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building to accommodate a large public attendance.
First honored in the meeting Wednesday, June 19, were retired employees Connie Mason, Robert L. Batts and Lawrence Boga and citizen Song I. Adams for her kindness to children and her business acumen.
In the presentation of a framed picture to Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, alderman Garrie Colhoun, who has represented Ward 3 for 20 years, set aside any disagreements to speak words of appreciation to DeBerry.
“Mayor, we’ve been together 20 years,” he said. “You were alderman-at-large nine and a half years and mayor 12 and a half years. It’s been good. To the new mayor and new town aldermen, you’ve got some big shoes to fill.
“We have done a lot of things. We have come a long way. We’ve disagreed over several things, but never left a board meeting at arms – but hand in hand. We are going to continue as friends.”
Harvey Payne Sr. was recognized as the alderman who missed no meetings in his four years of service.
Taking community concerns, Ivory Faulkner and Martwayne Isom requested the use of the multi-purpose building for June 29 to celebrate Black Wall Street.
The group has celebrated Juneteeth at Sam Coopwood Park the last eight years. Black Wall Street held a citywide cleanup and food drive June 22.
The board of aldermen also took time to fill positions that will be vacated on the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Committee.
The all-new board of directors of the Planning Commission includes Harvey Payne Sr., Genna McCallie, Gloria Hubbard Bogan, Jonathan Burch and Jansen “Ron” Pegues.
Those serving on the Historic Preservation Committee include newly elected member Garrie Colhoun (four-year term), Sherna Jones (four-year term), Russell Johnson (three-year term), Dale DeBerry, (three-year term), and Gwen Wyatt (two-year term). Two existing committee members, Bob Farley and David Person, were reappointed to two-year terms. Farley came on the committee in 2004 and Person in 2008.
Thursday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m. is the last meeting of the present mayor and board. It will be held upstairs at city hall.
Next Monday, July 1, at 9 a.m., mayor-elect Kelvin Buck and an all-new board of aldermen will be sworn in on the front steps of city hall.
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