MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — Once a week you’ll find Latasha Stahlecker and her 4-year-old daughter Evelynn at Tuckaseegee Park.
What You Need To Know
This bond referendum will be on the November ballot and total over $13 million
The money will go towards creating more trails, expanding greenways and adding more amenities to Veterans Park
City leaders have installed posts with QR codes around the city to help inform residents about this bond
The Mount Holly native left for a bit but decided it was time to come back.
“I really didn’t want to go into Charlotte with having a kid,” she said. “I didn’t want to be on the Concord side. I definitely wanted to stay over here in this small little town.”
Now that Stahlecker is a mom, her daughter’s well being is what’s most important to her.
“Now I need things to be safe and clean and well maintained and up to code and not breaking and in a good area,” she said.
As Mount Holly begins to grow, Stahlecker admits it’s hard to attend meetings and keep up with what’s going on.
“We don’t have a lot of family out here,” she said. “So it’s kind of just us and her dad, and he works, so I don’t really have that option to just go out and do those little things.”
A big bond referendum is coming up for Stahlecker and others to vote on, so city officials came up with a unique way to get the word out.
Mayor Bryan Hough says in early August they installed colorful posts with QR codes for people to scan and learn more about their upcoming park bond.
“A lot of times people don’t come to meetings because they have other things going on or they may feel ill informed,” he said. “So this gives us another way to inform our citizens of what is taking place in this city.”
These posts are placed in the areas where the bond money would be spent.
The city also developed an online story map detailing the bond process and the projects involved.
“We want to be interactive,” Hough said. “We seek their input. We value it. We want to know what people want us to do as a city council and a city. It helps establish priorities.”
More parks, amenities and green spaces are things the city is hoping to add to hopefully attract more people like Stahlecker to come and call Mount Holly home.
“This has been become really like family friendly, and it just feels super safe here,” Stahlecker said.
This bond referendum will be on the November ballot and totals more than $13 million.
The money will go toward creating more trails, expanding greenways and adding more amenities to Veterans Park, which includes building a new amphitheater.
You can learn more about the bond and the projects included here.