HOLLY RIDGE | Everyone knows Holly Ridge is a speed trap, one resident said during this week’s town hall meeting.

But that was just one of many comments made. Topics discussed during the session ranged from volunteer opportunities, the need for an ambulance stationed locally and concerns of rezoning near residential areas.

The Tuesday evening meeting was held in the Community Center and started with an introduction by Mayor Anita Dingler, who described upcoming events such as a Medicine Drop and Easter Egg Hunt and answered resident questions.

“We have a medicine drop at the Holly Ridge Police Department April 29, it starts at 10 a.m.,” Dingler said. “This is a time where you can empty your medicine cabinets ... And it’s a safe place to drop off (any) medication you’re not using.”

The mayor also introduced Citizen’s Academy, a comprehensive program describing how the town works, daily operations, and its various departments such as zoning and finance.

“It’s going to be four to six sessions, one or two hour each (session) and just review how the town works,” Dingler said. “This is a great way to introduce yourself to local government processes.”

Holly Ridge resident Peggy Gentry, 70, stood to speak to those gathered in hopes of finding two golfers to compete in a fundraiser tournament this Friday.

“We are doing, right now, a golf fundraiser which is this Friday at North Shore Country Club,” Gentry said. “We need two more golfers. After this is over we should have been able to raise $5,000 for (Holly Ridge VFD).”

It’s $60 a person to play, but Gentry attests the two other golfers on the team are solid if anyone in Onslow County is willing to play and secure the last two spots in the tournament.

“It’s four old ladies who can’t walk, can’t breathe, but we can make (this) happen,” Gentry said.  “We’d love to help grow the city too and help promote that.”

Concerns over speeding on Morris Landing Road were noted by the town, as well as the danger on private road West Azaela Drive. 

Resident Dorothy Royal, 50, owns 35 properties in Holly Ridge but feels like business is affected because drivers avoid Holly Ridge and potential speeding violations.

Royal says she would rather see that same attention focused on taking care of the residents and business owners then catching the odd driver speeding.

The Town of Holly Ridge will meet next for a Council Meeting April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 910-329-7081.