HAMLET — Renovations are underway on the grounds of Hamlet Public Library, thanks to a donation made by the 2015 Seaboard Festival Committee with matching funds from the City of Hamlet.
“All of the old shrubbery is going to be taken up from around the landscape around the library,” said Kim Lindsey. “New shrubbery will be put in, and it will be updated a little bit. We’ve been waiting for the weather to turn cooler so the shrubbery didn’t have to struggle so. There’s been all-new renovation work with our sprinkler system and irrigation out here so the bushes will be dripped.”
Lindsey said Nancy Averitte was in charge of the committee when the funds were earmarked for the project, adding that wintertime is the best possible time to plant shrubbery.
“We didn’t want to do it in the summer,” she said. “We didn’t want to mess up the lawn for the Seaboard Festival. So they’re getting started on it, buying bushes, and we’re very excited about it. We have some trees out here that don’t look so hot and are going to get haircuts, going to get trimmed up, shaped up. Some things are going to be replaced, but I think it will look much better when they’re finished.”
She said the city is pleased that Averitte’s committee contributed the funds.
“They had approved a different project and it was something that wasn’t going to happen,” Lindsey said. “So they voted, agreed to allow this to be done with the money that they had committed to another project.”
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