GARLAND — Town officials are continuing to make improvements to Curtis D. Cain Memorial Park and other locations.
One of the upcoming upgrades is the installation of benches for the park for visitors and parents.
“I think that’s one of the reasons cars pull in,” Mayor Winifred said. “They want to sit down and monitor their children while they’re playing.”
Murphy reported that signs will be placed around the area to stop people from parking inside the park. A sign for playground rules and regulations is going to be added too.
Commissioner Lee Carberry volunteered to assist with the process and build wooden cages for trash cans.
The 1.39-acre project on South Bladen Avenue was donated by Connie Cain Rackley in honor of her father Curtis D. Cain, a former commissioner and business entrepreneur. To develop the park, an agreement was made to refurbish abandoned playground equipment left by the town’s former Head Start program. A grand opening for the park was held in June 2017.
Improvements for the park will be completed in phases. A basketball court was recently installed after many months of debate regarding safety. Some of the other future plans include picnic tables, a shelter and a walking track.
To improve the town’s look, Commissioner Ralph Smith suggested to fix flags hanging from poles throughout the area. A complaint from a former member of the NC STEP was during a public comment section of the meeting. Public Works officials will make the changes.
A new pumping device for the town’s water fountain was recently ordered with the assistance of Commissioner Austin Brown. He suspects that the former pipe was damaged from frozen water after it wasn’t turned off in time.
“The fountain is sitting there not being used and it’s time to get it going,” Brown said about having it run for the summer.
Jones-Brown joins Zoning Board
During a previous gathering, Velda Jones-Brown was appointed to a three-year term on the Planning and Zoning Board. She will replace Aldease Rich.
Jones-Brown has been a resident of Garland since January 2018. Before her arrival, she made several visits to the town.
“Garland is a very lovely place,” Jones-Brown said.
After accepting the position, she expressed how the town is different from Fayetteville, where she previously lived.
“When you come down here, it’s quiet and peaceful,” Jones-Brown said. “That’s what I appreciate about being down here. It’s a more tight-knit community. You can wrap your arm around different things.
“The air is cleaner and you can see the stars at night,” Jones-Brown said. “It’s so different and I just like it here.”
She also applauded the work of the Garland Board of Commissioners for their contributions to residents and town improvements.
“I hope that I’ll be a good asset to your community,” Jones-Brown said.
Garland’s Department of Zoning is responsible for the growth and development of the town.It also reviews site plans for compliance purposes. According to published information, other members of the board include Chairman Frank Morris, Secretary Pearl Smith, Aldease Rich, Leo Skinner and Timothy Register.
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