Parks and Recreation Committee meeting recap

Written by Elizabeth Cooper, Co-founder of Hope Mills Citizens for Change The October 29th, 2018 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.  The meeting was attended by Sally Bailey, Chairperson, Sandra Ebron, Winnie Golden, Tiffany Horne (arrived late), Mike Seals, Linda Sumners, Maxie Dove(Liaison for HM PR), Meg Larson (Liaison for HM BOC), and Bruce Armstrong (Liaison […]

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Hope Mills Board bullies Mayor

During Monday night’s meeting, Commissioner Larson made a presentation:  she’s drafted an ordinance which states all five board members must be present for any presentation/request to buy or lease municipal property.  No member of the board can discuss the buying or leasing of land unless all five are present. Her ordinance does not include the mayor, […]

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Board blunders through baseball offer

  The October 22nd meeting began with a presentation from Jeremy Aagard, the General manager for the Fayetteville Swampdogs.  They’re proposing a partnership with Hope Mills wherein they would lease 5 acres of golf course property, plus enough for a parking lot.  They want to build a $12-15 million-dollar multi-use facility for recreation.  They’re asking […]

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Board’s actions spawn political action committee

In the twilight hours of October 21, members of Hope Mills Citizens for Change (HMCC) a new Political Action Committee (PAC) distributed signs at intersections and on major roadways.  The PAC officially formed within the last few weeks but they’ve wasted no time establishing their agenda:  Vote NO to 4-year terms. The 4-year referendum was suggested […]

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The evolution of a referendum

At a February meeting, Commissioner Mike Mitchell suggested 4-year staggered terms for the entire board.  Mitchell said other municipalities in North Carolina have already switched and to great success.  A motion was made for the town attorney to research the process, and the board voted unanimously to approve it. Attorney Dan Hartzog addressed the board […]

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Hope Mills board votes denies LSF’s final offer

“We’re very disappointed with the actions of the board.  I made plans to attend the November meeting and was hoping to discuss our offer with them in person.  Of all the people I’ve spoken to, only a half dozen indicated they were opposed to this partnership, and three of them were the board members who […]

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Board denies Lone Survivor Foundation

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins By a vote of 3-2, the Board of Commissioners have voted to deny the offer made last week by Lone Survivor Foundation.  Commissioner Jessie Bellflowers lobbied the board to hold the public hearing they were promised, and said the board had an obligation to appraise the land.  He actually TRIED to […]

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Is Mitchell free to vote for LSF now?

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins   This afternoon the Hope Mills staff released the agenda packet for the October 8th meeting.  Included in the packet, are the minutes from the July 23rd meeting.  Included in the minutes, are statements from each board member about why they voted not to sell land to Lone Survivor Foundation.  This […]

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LSF makes formal offer to town

Written by: Elizabeth Blevins Earlier this week I met with Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) Board President, Tim Byrom.   Byrom intended to be here two weeks ago, but like so many of us, his plans were altered by Hurricane Florence.  Now that he’s here, he’s wasted no time getting to business.  He walked the site of […]

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Lone Survivor volunteers clean Hope Mills cemeteries, replace flags

Written by EARL VAUGHAN JR. & Published in Up & Coming Weekly October 2, 2018 There were plenty of opportunities for cleanup in Hope Mills in the wake of Hurricane Florence, but once she determined most of the needs of the living were met, Mayor Jackie Warner sought help for a group that couldn’t help […]

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