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Columbus discusses speed bumps on Holly Hill Drive

Columbus Town Council discussed the possibility of placing speed bumps on Holly Hill Drive during its February meeting last week. Councilman Mark Phillips said hes been approached a couple of times by residents in favor of speed bumps. Columbus Police Chief Chris Beddingfield said he would ask Tryon to borrow its speed sign to get some data in the area for council.

Tryon recessed February meeting to approve/deny creating plaza

Tryon Town Council recessed Tuesday’s meeting until next Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the McCown meeting room at town hall. Council is set to decide whether or not to accept the donation of property at the corner of Palmer and Trade Street to possibly create a downtown plaza there. The town has received an estimate of between $61,000-$65,000 to make repairs there if the town takes the property.

Polk commissioners schedule public hearing to apply for ED grant

Following a closed session meeting on Monday, the Polk County Board of Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for Monday, March 5, to hear comments on the county applying for a grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Rural Division, Building Reuse Program. The grant would assist with renovations to an existing building for a manufacturing facility. The grant has a 5 percent match. More information will be given prior to the public hearing. The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice, located on the second floor of the Womack building in Columbus.

Polk appoints members to planning board

The Polk County Board of Commissioners appointed two members to its planning board during its meeting on Monday. Commissioners appointed Lee Barker and John Rose. The members will fill vacancies for the Saluda and White Oak Townships, even though they reside in the Columbus Township. The county has advertised for residents in those townships but received no applications. There were four applications to fill the two vacancies.