Two block parties will be happening within an eight-day span, after both organizing groups got the go-ahead from Chadbourn Town Council last week.
The first, slated for Saturday, June 11, is being put on by United Chadbourn at the S. Wilkes Street Park near the former Chadbourn Middle School.
Council Member Colene Kelly Faulk, who is a part of the organization, said during the April 5 town council meeting that the aim is to “bring families together to unify the community” and is continuing an event that started years ago.
Times aren’t final, but council approved closing S. Wilkes Street between Broadway Road and W. Smith Street between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Originally, Faulk asked for the closure to go until 9 p.m., but concerns about having the event continue until after dark and extended hours led to the timeframe being shortened.
The second block party event is an inaugural Juneteenth celebration, set for Sunday, June 19, at the S. Wilkes Street Park with the road closed between Broadway Road and W. Smith Street. Council approved the road closure for 2–7 p.m.
The organizers, Chosen One, represented by Kiara Ford, said Juneteenth is an important cultural event.
Ford says she wants to bring people together for a positive reason. She said several local businesses have already pledged to donate for the event, as have multiple food trucks.
“It gives everyone a chance to celebrate what our culture is,” Ford said to the council.
Juneteenth, short for June 19, is the date in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that all slaves in former Confederate states, including those enslaved in the last holdout communities in Texas, were free.
The motions to close the roads passed in time to give residents at least 60 days of notice before the events.
Questions from the council concerned making sure the Chadbourn Police Department had the funds to cover officer pay for both events. Interim Police Chief Ken Elliott gave his support for both events.
Dueling bids for repairing ‘Our Park’
Two contractors, one of them a councilmember who had to be recused from voting on the item, gave their presentations on why they should be approved to do work at “Our Park” located on E. 1st Avenue. Council members bemoaned the dilapidated state of the park in February.
The two bidders, A Unique Service LLC and SRS Roofing and Siding LLC, presented to council. Council Member James Greene is the owner of A Unique Service and gave its presentation. Council Member Rashad Roberts also recused himself from voting due to being involved in one of the companies, but didn’t specify which one he was involved with.
The estimates ranged from $49,100 up to $91,032.26, depending on what type of materials are used.
The council decided not to make a decision Tuesday night, delaying a vote until a special meeting on Thursday, April 14, which is also scheduled as a budget workshop date. The accelerated timetable of the project is to try to get repairs done before the May 7 Strawberry Festival; otherwise the park will need to be completely closed off during the festival for safety reasons.
As recommended last month, the council approved a two-year contract extension for Waste Management to handle the town’s solid waste. Residents should expect to see an increase of less than a dollar per bill, Mayor Phillip Britt explained last month, which he said is less than the increase being seen in some other area municipalities.
In other unanimous actions from the meeting:
- The council approved a resolution of support to apply for Division of Environmental Quality system grants of up to $4.9 and $3.6 million for its wastewater and water systems, respectively.
The grant applications were written by the town’s contractor, LKC Engineering. The meeting materials list the following wastewater projects: N. Pine Street gravity sewer, E. 2nd Street gravity sewer, Kelly Street pump station, laundry pump station, institute pump station and Blake pump station. The materials also list the following water projects: N. Oak Street water main replacement, complete rehabilitation of production well No. 2, partial rehabilitation of production well No. 4, elevated storage tank rehabilitation and water meter retrofit to AMI System.
Logan Parsons with LKC said the town is eligible for up to $15 million in funding out of $500 million the state has due to the American Rescue Plan.
- Council approved April 14 and 21 as budget retreat dates, both at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The April 14 date is to hear a presentation on rural water and water/sewer rates and the town’s water/sewer budget. The April 21 date is to review requested changes discussed at all previous budget retreats.
- Council took no action after a 70-minute closed session. Town code enforcement officer John Ganus took part in the closed session.