With the passing of both speeding vehicles and time, the city limit signs of Hull once again need to be replaced.
“You may have noticed the absence of our city limit signs on the east and west locations of Hwy. 72,” said Hull Mayor Paul Elkins June 21. “This is because over the past five or six years the constant forceful blowing of 18-wheelers and other vehicles coming down the highway have literally torn and shaken the signs right out of their brackets.”
Elkins discussed possible solutions.
“I’d like to open a discussion for the idea of pursuing a city limit sign constructed from a block of granite,” he said. “Reason being that, although cost-wise I have no idea what we would be dealing with, those signs that lasted only five years were in the neighborhood of $1,400 to $1,500.”
Councilwoman Becky Elkins voiced her feelings in regard to the current metal signs.
“Not only were they expensive, but we’ve already had to put them up twice!” she said.
Councilman Brandon Fortson asked about the quantity expected to be purchased.
“Are we just talking about replacing two of them?” he asked.
Mayor Elkins made a motion to table the decision until further research could be completed.
“It all depends on the price points,” he said. “As I mentioned before, I have no idea what the cost would be, so I think this is something we should just investigate and come back to next month.”
A SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL
Despite the monsoon-like rains prior to the Hull Spring Festival, the event was deemed a success.
“You don’t really sleep much the night before a festival anyway,” said Mayor Elkins said Monday. “But I was instantly awakened by the storm as it set in around three o’clock that morning.”
Elkins mentioned the “outstanding efforts” that took place to keep the festival alive.
“We got to the festival at about seven and there were tents lying on the ground,” he said. “The beautiful part about it though, was that when the businesses began to come in they just smiled and said it was a great day, and that they had done this kind of thing before.”
The mayor praised festival workers’ ability to adapt to the conditions.
“They had the greatest attitude and we greatly appreciated the fact that we were able to work together and find dry ground,” he said.
Elkins also expressed gratitude for the services of Lloyd Carter and his position as grand marshal of the festival.
“Mr. Carter was an actual World War II Veteran and one of the original people that landed on Omaha beach,” said Elkins. “He brought home the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Silver Star, and is a bona fide hero that we were extremely proud and honored to have as our grand marshal.”
In other matters, the problem regarding the lawn maintenance of Pop’s Top Shop has been resolved and can only be dealt with by the owners of the property.
“We found that we’re not really responsible for anything inside that fence, and have suggested that those concerned should contact the owners,” said Mayor Elkins.
Also, the paving of Easy Street is scheduled to take place sometime during the summer and there will be a meeting this Friday in Gainesville with the DOT crew about when exactly that will be.
“It’s not a long street, but it’s in dire need of paving!” said Elkins.