November-December 2015 - Town of Pleasant Garden



November-December 2015 - Town of Pleasant Garden
November-December 2015
Kirkman Municipal Building
PO Box 307
4920 Alliance Church Road
Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
“Remembering the Past,
While Moving Towards the Future”
Town of Pleasant Garden, NC
Carla Strickland…………………Mayor
Steve Brandt.…..........Mayor Pro Tem
Alan Marshall…..........Councilmember
Ron Surgeon…….…..Councilmember
Rick Wallace…...........Councilmember
Sandy Carmany....Administrator/Clerk
Tracy Cooper…………Assistant Clerk
Monday – Friday...9:00AM - 5:00PM
(We often close at 1:00PM on Fridays as
needed to avoid overtime hours.)
All meetings are held at the Kirkman
Municipal Building/Town Hall located
at 4920 Alliance Church Road and
are open to the public. All citizens are
invited and encouraged to attend.
Agendas for all Town Council and
board meetings are available by email
in advance of the meeting. To receive
meeting agendas, send an email to
[email protected]
Town Council
First Tuesday of each month
Zoning Board
Third Monday of each month
Long-Range Planning Board
Third Tuesday of each month
2015 Christmas Parade
December 6, 2015 @ 3:00PM
Pleasant Garden Road between Ryegate Drive
and Pleasant Garden Elementary School
Get your holiday season off to a great start at the
town’s 36th annual Christmas Parade on Sunday,
December 6th. Grand Marshal Tracey McCain of WFMY News2 will be joined
by local dignitaries, marching bands, performing groups, floats, the Shriners
and antique cars for a family-friendly afternoon of holiday fun. Food vendors
will be offering a variety of goodies and beverages for sale.
Free parking will be available at the former Hanson Brick site located at the
corner of Pleasant Garden Road and Forest Acres Circle. Pleasant Garden
Road will be closed at Nesbit Road around 2:00PM for the parade line-up. Get
there early to stake out your favorite spot along the parade route and enjoy this
great event!
Immediately after the parade, the festivities will continue with the lighting of a
live Christmas tree donated by the Pleasant Garden Lions Club and planted on
the grounds of the Pleasant Garden Fire Department. Roving carolers from
area choirs will usher Santa to the celebration and entertain the crowd with
traditional Christmas carols. Children can earn prizes in the parade Eye Spy
game and visit Santa in his workshop located near the Christmas tree. There
will also be a free raffle for bicycles donated by the Lions Club.
In keeping with the holiday spirit of caring and giving, citizens are encouraged
to participate in the area food drive to benefit the Pleasant Garden United
Methodist Food Pantry that supports 250 local families. Please drop off canned
and non-perishable foods at local churches, Pleasant Garden Elementary
School, the Pleasant Garden Fire Department and Town Hall between
November 1 and December 6. You can also bring your items to the treelighting event which will also be the grand finale of the food drive. Collection
boxes will be placed near the Christmas tree; donors will receive free tickets
for the bicycle raffle in exchange for their donated items.
Recreation Board
Fourth Tuesday of each month
All regular meetings begin at 7:00PM.
Special meetings may be called as
needed. 48-hours public notice will
be given for such meetings.
Phone: 336-674-3002
Fax: 336-674-0923
Email: [email protected]
* * * New this year * * *
Shorter parade route: On Pleasant Garden Road from
Ryegate Drive to Pleasant Garden Elementary School
Public parking available: Former Hanson Brick site at
Pleasant Garden Road at Forest Acres Circle
Tree-lighting and caroling: Immediately after the parade
at the Pleasant Garden Fire Department
Local Food Drive: November 1 thru December 6
Town News
PROPOSED Message from the Mayor
On Sunday, November 8 the Town recognized its veterans with the town’s annual tribute. In my absence, I asked Mayor
Pro Tem Steve Brandt to read this statement:
“I look forward to this event each year and will unfortunately not be able to be with you today. I received word
earlier this week that my uncle is gravely ill and I felt he needed me to be with him in Cleveland, Ohio. I want
to thank all the veterans from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for our country. We are truly
blessed to live in this country and have you to thank for defending the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.”
I understand that there were several very touching moments during the event. Air Force veteran Reva Fortune, now in a
wheelchair, insisted that her daughter and son-in-law, Councilman Alan Marshall, help her stand when her branch of the
forces was recognized. The Missing Man Table was another touching event as Chief Smith read the meaning of each
piece on the table. Of course, the Pleasant Garden Lion’s Club was there to serve refreshments and snacks for the event.
There were many other moments I have heard about.
This event would not have taken place but for the hard work of the
Recreation Board, chaired by Dean Maddox. At the beginning of each
year, the Recreation Board members volunteer to spearhead a particular
event – of course they all work together to make the events successful.
Cyndi Rice was in charge of this event. She as well as all members
of the Recreation Board are to be commended. The council will
be appointing new members to this board in December so please
let me know if you would like to join this team of hardworking
I have begun to witness a great trend in our Town. That is, we
have all joined forces with our other community members. As
an example, at the upcoming Christmas Parade event, Pleasant
Garden Elementary School and the Freedom Biker Church are
collecting can donations for the Pleasant Garden United
Methodist Church food pantry. The Pleasant Garden
Baptist Church is calling on all the choirs of all local
churches to participate in the caroling during the tree
lighting. It’s heart-warming to see our community
come together for these wonderful causes.
So, after the Christmas Parade, please join us at the
Pleasant Garden Fire Station for the tree lighting and
don’t forget to bring a can of food for under the tree.
Pleasant Garden is a wonderful place to live!
Mayor Carla Strickland
2015 Municipal Election Results
Voters re-elected Mayor Carla Strickland and Councilmembers Alan Marshall and Ron Surgeon in the November 3 rd
election. Mayor Strickland was elected for a two-year term and the two councilmembers will serve four-year terms. They
will be sworn in at the December 1st council meeting. Councilmembers Steve Brandt and Rick Wallace have two years
remaining in their current terms. Congratulations to all!
36th Annual
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Sunday, December 6th at 3:00PM
Shorter Route
Pleasant Garden Road
from Ryegate Drive
to Pleasant Garden
Elementary School
Parking available at
Hanson Brick site at the
corner of Pleasant Garden
Road and Forest Acres
Cars, Floats & Motorcycles
Shriners Nascarts & Scooter Patrol
Dancers and Marching Band
Food & Fun!
Grand Marshal
Good Morning Show
Tracey McCain
WFMY News2
Christmas Tree Lighting
immediately after the parade at the
Pleasant Garden Fire Department
Eye Spy Game
Free raffle for bicycles
Santa’s Workshop
Please bring canned goods for the local food pantry.
Prsrt Std
US Postage
Greensboro, NC
Permit # 717
Town of Pleasant Garden
PO Box 307
Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Dates to Remember
Senior Luncheon
November 17 and December 15
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church fellowship hall
This monthly program is free and open to citizens 60 years and
older. Please call 674-3002 no later than the Friday before each
event to make your reservation.
Town Council meetings
Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00PM
Organizational meeting
Oath of office, election of Mayor Pro Tem
Board appointments
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00PM
Regular monthly meeting
Thanksgiving Holiday Closings
Town Hall closed on Thursday, November 26
and Friday, November 27
Christmas Parade and Tree-lighting
Sunday, December 6 at 3:00PM
Pleasant Garden Road
Bands, floats, performers and Santa
Holiday festivities will include food vendors,
a Christmas tree lighting, carolers, and kids’
activities immediately following the parade
Christmas Holiday Closings
Town Hall closed on Thursday, December 24
and Friday, December 25
New Years Day Closing
Town Hall closed on Friday, January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Closing
Town Hall closed on Monday, January 18
Greenway Construction Underway
P&S Grading began construction
on the greenway between Town
Hall and Volunteer Park on
October 26. If there are no more
weather delays, the paved trail
should be finished in early
December. This paved path will
provide a convenient connection
between the two facilities for
ovcrflow parking for events as
well as recreational activities.
Federal transportation funds are
covering 80% of the cost of this
Volunteer Park view
Town Hall view
PARTF Grant Results
Despite everyone’s high hopes and expectations,
Pleasant Garden still did not receive a PARTF grant
when the state Parks and Recreation Authority met on
October 30. Mayor Strickland attended the meeting
and reported there was neither rhyme nor reason on
how the award decisions were made. Over the next
several months, the Town Council will discuss how to
revise and re-submit the town’s application for the
2016 grant cycle. The submittal deadline for the next
round is May 2, 2016. Citizen input is welcomed!

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