NEWTON GROVE — Improvements are coming soon to the town’s busy and popular circle roundabout in downtown.
Newton Grove officials approved a resolution for a new landscaping project on Weeks Circle. The action authorizes an agreement between the town and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT). A decision was made during a recent board meeting.
The initiative is part of the town’s Weeks Circle Enhancement Project. NC DOT is agreeing to install and cover the expense of the landscaping. After it’s completed, Newton Grove will accept the responsibility of maintenance and other expenses.
After Barbara Burch signed the resolution, former Commissioner Laura Wheeler continued discussions regarding the circle by presenting a light pole project with Duke Energy. The project is slated to begin in late-January or early February. Wheeler added that everything must go through the proper channels.
Board members said a lot of work went into the project, which was led by the town’s CING (Citizens Improving Newton Grove) Committee. Some of the other work includes variegated grass and rose beds. She said there’s a possibility that other types of plants will probably be added to the mix too.
“Thanks for your patience,” Wheeler said. “It’s taking a lot of time, but we’re getting there.”
Burch added that “it’s going to be very pretty.”
In order for the project to proceed, the town will have to remove wires which currently supply power to the Christmas decorations, since they were not placed by Duke Energy. The work is expected to take place after Christmas. New poles will not have outlets and only banners may be hung from them.
Matters regarding the upkeep of the circle is an ongoing topic for commissioners. During a previous meeting, Wheeler brought up signage and nuisance problems. To address the issue, commissioners came to a consensus to have a digital kiosk to let the public know about community events. Possible areas mentioned included the park entrance and an area between BB&T Bank and Dollar General.
In the fall, the Newton Grove 100 Committee, made a $15,000 contribution towards the purchase and elevation of a LED (light-emitting diode) sign.The donations were announced by Jerry Ingram, a 100 Committee representative. He also presented news about the organization dissolving becuase of “stumbling blocks” and lack of interest in the organization. During the October meeting, the organization also contributed $6,689 to the lighting project.
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