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Jack Day Park renovations commended at Stem meeting

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STEM According to Mayor Casey Dover, Stem residents are enjoying the new equipment at the Jack Day Community Park.

Mayor Casey Dover said he’s received a wealth of positive feedback about the park’s recent upgrades during Stem’s planning board meeting this week. Dover added the community has started to take advantage of the new shelters and are bringing kids to play on the new equipment. Stem’s mayor commended everyone that had a hand in the creation the new-look park.

Commissioner David Pavlus said he completed the quarterly report to the Granville County Recreation Advisory Committee that showed the town was able to purchase and install the “Game of Kings Play Station” for $28,818.93. The town received a grant for $25,000 to cover the bulk of the purchase and installation of the equipment. The town paid $3,818.93 out of funds set aside for recreation.

The board is waiting for the next grant approval to determine what the next recreation project may be.

In other business, Pavlus and Commissioner Kevin Easter are set to look at street conditions within the town to determine what repairs the streets might need. They will bring recommendations to the board to help prioritize the repairs.

Easter has been working on a bidder’s package for the demolition of the buildings on the Locklear property across the street from town hall. The town is set to close on the property at the end the month.

The board reviewed a petition to annex a piece of property now owned by DLH, LLC. Once annexed the property will be rezoned as undeveloped or stormwater control measures for the nine home development off of Old NC 75.

The planning board will add a new member at the next regular board meeting on July 15.