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Spring Hope swears in new police chief
Spring Hope Mayor Buddy Gwaltney swears in Nathan Gant as the town's new police chief. (Graphic photo by Kendra Jones)

The newly hired Spring Hope Police Chief has been officially sworn in.

Nathan Gant took the oath of office for the position during the town's July meeting.

He has been a part of the Spring Hope Police Department since 2015, serving as a sergeant. Gant also was a member of the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force prior to becoming the town's Police Chief.

He was hired as Police Chief in June.

In other business, Mike Tolson of Mack Gay Associates, P.A. will be assisting the town with applying for the Asset Inventory Assessment (AIA) Grant.

The purpose of the AIA Grant is to help improve the town's water and sewer systems.

"What they are are grants for $150,000 for a study to be performed on your water system or your sewer system or both. You can choose to go for applications for both of them," Tolson explained.

The town will submit an AIA Grant application for both its water system and wastewater system.

According to Tolson, the AIA Grant includes a grant match and the town is eligible for a five percent grant match.

Town Manager Jae Kim said, "Of that five percent of $150,000, it would be $7,500. But of that $7,500, physical cash that we (the town) would have to cut a check would be for $2,250. The remainder of that from the $7,500 is in-kind services."

The deadline for the AIA Grant applications is September 30th. Kim said Tolson and the town will work on submitting the applications.

On another note, equipment in the town's park has been removed for future replacement, as stated by Kim.

He said the park is pretty much empty and the mulch used for the ground has been removed as well.

The mulch will be replaced with another type of material.

"It's empty and they removed the mulch too because when we do other types of materials, it will be handicap accessible so that people with wheelchairs can go on it as well, too." Kim said.

He said he is currently working with Nash County Parks and Recreation on a potential and local agreement deal with financing for new additional playground equipment.

In other news, President of the Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce Allen Barbee announced a Pumpkin Festival meeting will be held July 22nd at 7 p.m.

The next scheduled Town Hall meeting will be August 5th.

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