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Caledonia loses park director


William Browning



Caledonia needs a park director. 


During Tuesday night's board of aldermen meeting, Mayor Bill Lawrence told the board Allan Glenn turned in a resignation letter Monday. The board voted 4-1 to accept the resignation. Alderman Quinn Parham was opposed. 


Earlier this year, Glenn, who had been the director of Ola J. Pickett Park since May 1, 2013, told Lawrence he planned to leave the post. He indicated then that July 31 would be his last day. 


The mayor gave no reason for Glenn's early departure. 


Glenn did not attend the meeting Tuesday. He could not be reached for comment. 


When Glenn took the post it paid $25,000 a year. 


The board spent roughly half an hour discussing how to find a replacement. Lawrence said he hoped to the town could find a person whose heart was in the town. 


One idea the board floated was possibly hiring two people on a part-time basis to handle running the park. In that scenario, one person would handle coordinating events, while the other would be responsible for maintenance at the 11-acre park. 


Alderman Steve Honnoll stressed that despite there currently being no park director, everything currently slated to take place at the park would proceed as scheduled. 


Aldermen took no action toward finding a park director, but Honnoll told the board he is going to contact someone who could coordinate the upcoming soccer season at the park. 


In other town business: 


■ The board voted to allow Town Marshal Ben Kilgore to allocate 24 additional hours of patrol time a month to his department. Kilgore said the time will be distributed among three deputies. The move, which will add roughly $288 to the department's monthly payroll, will allow the marshal department to do things like serve warrants without having to chip away from patrol time, Kilgore said. 


■ The board gave a Caledonia property owner another month to continue cleaning up his Sanders Lane yard after neighbors complained earlier this year about the property's appearance. 


John O'Callaghan, who lives at 147 Sanders Lane in the Myers Estate Subdivision, has worked toward cleaning the property since aldermen brought the situation to his attention. 


O'Callaghan, who attended Tuesday's board meeting, said he would continue working on the property.


William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.



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