By J.M. Copeland
For Hometown News
Physical fitness was the topic of interest to many residents at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Holly Hill City Commission.
Residents approached the commission in favor of the resolution of not only extending, but also expanding the city's contract with the Volusia-Flagler YMCA to continue operating the Daytona Avenue facility.
The extension of the lease from one to three years is expected to allow the organization to expand its programs resulting in an increase in membership.
"The city of Holly Hill cares enough about it's people that we have some place like the Y," said resident Diane Allen. "The total package, bike and hiking trails. It's better that I don't have to go outside my city to do that."
With a four to one vote, Commissioner Moore dissenting, the commission passed a three-year contract with the YMCA, two years longer than the year contract approved last year.
The commissioners were unanimous in their vote to allow United Brethren in Christ at 560 Flomich St. to provide recreational programs at Hollyland Park and on the site of the old Holly Hill Middle School.
The agreement was for a one-year contract with the same opportunity as the YMCA to extend the contract next year.
Later in the meeting, Pastor Chuck McKeown "awarded" everyone on the dais a medal from the organizations' kickball teams.
In other business, the cost of a red light violation in Holly Hill went up.
The commission passed a resolution, by a vote of four to one, which established an administrative fee for a red light camera hearing and to allow the city clerk to act as the red light hearing officer. Commissioner Moore was the dissenting vote.
In response to public questions concerning the added fee of $100, City Manager James McCroskey explained the new fee would be equivalent to the court costs now being paid.
"The hundred dollars covers the magistrate fee, court costs like in Daytona."
A contract with Dickens & Associates was approved 4-1, with Commission Donnie Moore dissenting, to convert utility and power lines underground from Mason Ave. to Third Street on Riverside Drive and Fifth Street to Mason Avenue on U.S. 1.