Holly Ridge Town Council unanimously approved adopting a contract with Turkey Creek Fire Department during its recent meeting.

Holly Ridge Town Council unanimously approved adopting a contract with Turkey Creek Fire Department during its recent meeting.

The contract ensures the department provides fire protection services to the Summerhouse subdivision, according to town officials.

According to the contract, the Summerhouse development is within five miles of Turkey Creek Fire Department.

Turkey Creek fire officials say they plan to sign a new contract that will ensure the department provides fire coverage to the Summerhouse subdivision.

Chief Ricky Hardison said that the Turkey Creek Fire Department’s board voted Tuesday night to sign it and he plans to do so and have the contract to Holly Ridge officials by Monday.

Town Clerk Heather Reynolds said that once the contract is returned to the town, town officials will sign it and the process will be complete.

“It was just standard for us to cover that particular subdivision,” Hardison said of the contract, which is a new agreement between the town and department.

The town still is negotiating a contract with Holly Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, which did not accept the new contract the town proposed in October. The two entities have nearly five months left to negotiate the contract.

The town also adopted an ordinance amending chapter 16 of the Holly Ridge code of ordinances concerning carrying concealed weapons on town owned properties in order to conform to new state laws.

Per the ordinance adopted, firearms, air rifles, air pistols, pump guns or other similar weapons of any kind are not to be possessed within, on or about the interior of all town owned buildings, including the town hall, police department and community center, or at Holly Ridge Municipal Park unless the person has a concealed handgun permit, is military and acting under orders to carry arms and weapons, civilian and law enforcement officers, or officers of the state.

The ordinance also states that the town manager will post a prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun on town-owned buildings, including town hall, police department, community center.

The council adopted a revised community center policy, which states co-sponsored events are to be approved by the town manager instead of the town council and that town staff is to handle reservations. Previously the Parks and Recreation Department handled reservations; however, the town no longer has a Parks and Recreation Department.

The policy also clarifies alcohol use in the center.

The new policy states that alcohol use in the center must be approved by the town manager unless it is being sold, in which case it would be approved by the chief of police who is required to approve ALE permits, according to Reynolds. The policy also states that there must be the proper permits in place to have alcohol in the center.

Currently John Maiorano serves as both the town manager and the police chief. The policy is worded to include the position, not the name, in order to preserve the policy when the person holding the position changes, Reynolds explained.