The first reading of an ordinance at the June 24 Town & Country Board of Aldermen meeting requesting capital improvement fund expenditures for additional Town Square improvements in the amount of $10,363 was not passed at the board’s July 8 meeting.
Originally, the ordinance sought allocated funds for a pedestrian access installation between Town Square and the Mason Woods Village Shopping Center, additional honeysuckle removal and Discovery statue dedication plaques. However, Alderman Skip Mange [Ward 1] withdrew the pedestrian access request after heavy opposition by the majority of the other aldermen. Instead, at the July 8 meeting, Mange submitted a substitute bill that requested just the honeysuckle removal for $3,100. That motion failed by a vote of 7 to 1, with only Mange voting in favor of the measure. The honeysuckle in question is said to be serving an ecological purpose by preventing erosion and helping to block the view of the Town Square refuse collection area.
On July 8, a new ordinance also was introduced to address using unbudgeted monies available through the public art fund to purchase the dedication plaques. In the interest of having the dedication plaques available for the rescheduled Friday, Aug. 16 Town Square grand opening celebration, the ordinance was voted on as emergency legislation and unanimously passed in the amount of $1,800.