Pineville City Hall will be closed on Thursday, March 14th due to internal system updates and training.

City Clerk Callie Melton explained at Monday’s council meeting that a team from the company the provided the city with its new tax collection software will be coming to update the system and train city employees on how to use it.

“We’re trying to get it live on our website so people can pay online,” she said. “With our contract for the software and all of the training, we’re allotted so many visits for training. All our IT people will be there for that and it will just require all of my attention. There’s no way I’ll be able to serve the public while that is going on. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan provided an update on upcoming events during Monday’s meeting.

“I want to start by saying for the fourth year in a row that we are nationally certified through the Main Street Community again,” Roan said.

Roan wanted to encourage everyone in the community to come out and participate in Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K.

“It is being presented by Main Street Pineville and Champion Physical Therapy, which is now CORA Physical Therapy. The proceeds from this will benefit Main Street Pineville. I encourage people to get registered now, and you’ll save $10 if you register online by Friday or you can contact me to register for that 5K.”

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Bell Theater and will end with a block party downtown with four different local bands playing.

Roan spoke about the Laurel Cove Music Festival. He called it one of the biggest events to come to Bell County in a long time.

“We announced it at the Gala and put tickets on sale for the Laurel Cove Music Festival,” said Roan. “The two-day event is a partnership between Main Street Pineville, Bell County Tourism and Pine Mountain State Resort Park. We’re going to have over 15 bands performing at the festival, which is the first of it’s kind in Bell County.

“I can’t say enough about the work that (Bell County Tourism Director) Jon Grace has done on this event,” Roan continued. “He has booked every band, and he keeps in tune with Americana and upcoming country music artists that people must really love because when we put the tickets on sale, within an hour over 100 tickets had sold. We are up to around 300 tickets sold right now.”

The Laurel Cove venue only holds around 1,400.

“We expect that to sell out,” he said. “We are already making plans for next year to take it up a notch, but it’s going to be a really cool event on June 7 and 8. That’s a Friday and Saturday.”

The council also approved the second reading of the Insurance Companies Ordinance and the first reading of the Adopting Ordinance for the recently codified City of Pineville Code of Ordinances.

Madon explained that those were “housekeeping” measures as the ordinances were updated to reflect changes in titles and to be up to date with the latest state regulations.

The Code of Ordinances have been saved onto a disk and Melton said the city’s website will have a link to the ordinances can be viewed online.

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