By JIMMY ESPY
Lyerly Town Council members want to better entertain their residents.
Council members discussed starting a twice-weekly, “family-friendly” bingo game at the civic center.
Kasia Ferguson, wife of Mayor Jim Ferguson, is heading up the project, which is designed to encourage “community involvement.”
Kasia Ferguson said she has checked out the legal requirements with state officials.
The plan is to sell bingo card to contestants, with the proceeds being used as cash prizes. Ferguson suggested two, approximately two-hour sessions a week with adults and children eligible to play.
The project is still in the planning phase.
Council members also settled on July 6 as the date for the town’s July 4 celebration. Despite rainy weather town officials were pleased with the turnout for the inaugural Independence Day event last year.
Details like starting times are not yet official but the town plans to welcome vendors, host a chili cook-off and provide inflatables for young people.
Also planned are a corn hole tournament, cake walk and yard games.
Mayor Ferguson and council also discussed the possibility of adding a fireworks show in the future.
Mayor Ferguson presented council with a revised town ordinance governing property. Council passed a similar plan earlier this year, but Ferguson came back on Tuesday with several revisions.
Council will vote on the ordinance next Thursday.
The town has moved to tighten requirements for property use in the town, particularly housing. Lot size requirements for a principal dwelling will be set at ½ acre. That will apply to any form of housing, including mobile homes and manufactured housing. All lots will be required to maintain a road frontage of not less than 50 feet. Minimum setbacks are also included in the regulations.
Residents not meeting town standards will suffer the loss of city utilities.
There are some exceptions to the regulations and residents wishing to seek a reasonable variance are required to submit their initial request in writing to the town clerk.
Mayor Ferguson informed council the town had spent $26,000 of the $45,000 allotted for the new concession stand at McLeod Park. Work on the building is ongoing.
“It looks like we might come in under budget,” said Ferguson.
The mayor estimated it would take another two weeks for town workers to finish the project.