The Town of Hope Mills announced that the collection of recycled materials was suspended effective Monday, April 13.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, town sanitation crews have to focus their efforts on an increase in household trash caused by people staying at home more due to the current shelter in place order.
Recycling trash containers, the ones with yellow lids, can be used for regular trash and placed curbside with the regular trash container.
The town will notify citizens as soon as possible when recycling will resume.
A temporary hold is likely to be placed on new sculptures for the town that have been previously provided by the UNC-Pembroke art classes of Professor Adam Walls. Walls informed Parks and Recreation director Lamarco Morrison his classes will likely be held online for the rest of the current semester.
Even if face-to-face classes started immediately, Walls said he didn’t think students would have sufficient time to create new original pieces.
Walls is hopeful if the fall semester starts on time, his students will be able to produce new pieces by the middle of the term.
The town is working on holding a video virtual meeting of the Board of Commissioners on its next scheduled meeting date, April 20. Plans are being developed to allow members of the Board of Commissioners, town staff and the citizens of Hope Mills to take part via Zoom.
The process of putting together the town budget for 2020-21 is on schedule despite the quarantine. Finance Director Drew Holland has gotten all the requests from the town’s department heads. Holland and Melissa Adams began meetings with department heads last week. Adams plans to have her recommendations back to the department heads by April 27. Following input from the full Board of Commissioners at their April 20 meeting, a budget workshop will be scheduled in May.
Two public hearing items are currently on hold. They include the Sign Ordinance Amendment and the initial zoning for Caliber Collision.
The physical work on moving the Hope Mills Police Department to its temporary headquarters at South Main Street began the week of April 4-10. There will be some temporary disruption of administrative services during the move but no interruption in patrol operations. Call 911 for anything requiring a police response.