Banners on street poles was the hot topic at a recent Williamston City Council meeting.
“Banners need to be optional for businesses and nonprofits,” said Narda Murphy, a board member. “I am a resident first, therefore, I am aware of the fact that residents notice empty poles in front of nonprofits like the Eagles.”
Eagles, headquartered in downtown Williamston, is a fraternal organization made up of volunteers who work at community events.
Banners for poles may be ordered by April 1, giving businesses and organizations enough time to decide how many will be purchased.
“We certainly do not want empty light poles,” said Don Bixler, another board member. “Having banners does not only increase the revenue but gives a more complete and welcoming atmosphere.”
As a part of the downtown development plan, the banners join other projects in progress such as replacing the art statues in McCormick Park.
“Growing up in Williamston, McCormick Park is a piece of art especially because of its history,” said Dan Rhines, a board member. “We had a tornado pass by in 2001 that destroyed those trees, but instead of getting rid of them we got an artist and made art.”
Community participation brings Williamston together
“I remember when Ricky Holland went missing,” said City Mayor Tammy Gilroy. “We all came together and worked so hard to help the family and to look for Ricky. Until the truth came to light it was a very difficult time but as a community, we came together and healed.
“I remember that the adoptive parents of Ricky Holland were actually newcomers to Williamston right before the horrific tragedy. A tragedy that the Williamston community has healed from but will never forget.”