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Spring Hope Chamber solicts DMV office

The Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce plans to possibly add a license plate agency for the town.

Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce President Mary Penny Kelley said the chamber is applying to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to run the license plate agency.

"We've heard a lot of feedback from our citizens that they would use that and they thought it would bring a lot of people in from out of town to come to Spring Hope," she said.

The preferred location for the license plate agency is inside the Chamber of Commerce building. Kelley noted additional parking spaces may be necessary, although street parking is available. She said the chamber would work with DMV to figure out how many spaces would be needed.

If the preferred location is not suitable, the chamber would look at placing the license plate agency in one of the town's vacant buildings.

Kelley also mentioned the chamber has received feedback from people who said there is a lack of signage on some of the business storefronts in town. Citizens say they are unable to distinguish between many businesses or it is not promoting when driving by to tell what is in each business.

In response, the chamber created the Signage Grant Program which currently only has about $200 in funds available.

"One thing we may ask if we get a lot of interest is to come back to see if the town would like to supplement that, or maybe do some in kind services if we have some ability to partner on signage grants or improvements around town" explained Kelley.

The Chamber of Commerce has begun recruiting efforts for new businesses. According to Kelley a couple of businesses, including a ladies boutique, are "on the cusp of coming to town."

One of the ways to attract new businesses would be to issue them a utility subsidy, she said.

Kelley reminded everyone the third annual Spring Hope Clean Up Day is April 8th and the 5K Race and One Mile Fun Run is April 22nd. For the 5K Race, the chamber will be putting together race bags and other promotional materials that will promote the town's businesses to participants in the race, she said.

In other news, Town Manager Jae Kim has discussed serving on the Spring Hope Fire Board with Commissioner Drew Griffin who declined the offer due to scheduling conflicts.

Attorney Mark Edwards recommended Kim take the role instead. Kim agreed he would serve on the fire board.

In other business, Kim stated the building the town uses for storage on 121 South Ash Street, also known as the Bunn Building, has been repaired. The building's roof was leaking and its back door was damaged.

The repairs cost $1,500, according to Kim.

"Renewals are coming up so we want to make sure that building is on our list of buildings that's gonna be insured," he said.

Kim said he will be inspecting the building soon.

On another note, Josh Bennett of Envirolink announced leaves and limbs pickup is April 5th, 6th, 19th and 20th.

Also, Lt. Allen Proctor said there will be a blood drive at the town's fire department on May 17th.

A public bid opening for the County Inn Lift Station project will be 2 p.m. April 20th at town hall.

The commissioners will meet again on May 1st.

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