STALLINGS — The town park on Steven’s Mill Road finally has a name.
Town council voted last week to name the park Blair Mill Park, because of the area’s history.
Mayor Lynda Paxton said the area was once the home of a mill, owned and operated by the William Blair family until 1799, when it was sold to Amos Stevens, which is how the community became known as Stevens Mill. Stevens operated the mill for another 100 years.
The 16-acre park, at 1025 Fairoaks Drive, will soon be the home to an 18-hole disc golf course and other amenities.
Town still accepting applications for chief
It’s been one month since the town’s police chief formally resigned, and town manager Brian Matthews said at his last count, the town had received 30 applications for the position. The closing date for applications is May 11.
His goal is to have top candidates interviewed by May 25, with a decision by the end of May.
“That is somewhat aggressive, so I may not meet that exact timeline, but that is my goal.”
Council working on 2012-13 budget
For about two months now the town council has been holding special budget workshops to get a head start on next year’s budget. During the last two meetings, council received staff requests and during the next meeting, Monday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., the council will “roll up their sleeves and get down to business about what we will and won’t approve,” Paxton said.
Council has invited Rep. Craig Horn and Sen. Tommy Tucker to discuss some of the work they’ll be dealing with in the short session.
“One thing we want to talk about is approval for a hotel tax for the town of Stallings,” Paxton said. “We’ve been talking about it for five years now.”
Paxton said Matthews has an 8-percent tax and Monroe has a 5-percent hotel tax.
“And even though we only have two hotels, we’d take in about $80,000 in revenue if we had a 2-percent occupancy tax,” Paxton said.
“So we’re not asking for a huge amount from people,” Paxton said. “The way we think about it is it’s not a tax on our citizens, it’s a tax on visitors from other areas. It makes sense we should be able to have that because those surrounding us do.”