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Sprucing up the roundabouts

Polk County grants Appearance Commission money for improvements

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Board of Commissioners recently granted the Polk County Appearance Commission a grant to spruce up the roundabouts in Columbus. 

The Appearance Commission chose Thompson Landscaping to do the work, which was completed last week. 

The roundabouts are owned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, but because of a backlog of work, the state was not going to be able to complete the work until later in the year. 

Polk County granted the Appearance Commission $1,250. 

The work included cleaning up the 2 roundabouts and putting mulch in as well as removing signs from the areas. 

Polk County Appearance Commission Chair Joe Cooper said the signs are in violation of state regulations. The signs that were in the roundabouts will be held at the local NCDOT office in Columbus for 2 weeks. 

The only signs that are allowed in the roundabouts are NCDOT informational signs or elections signs during an election.