Posted on: 08.10.2018 at 11:10 a.m.
By Allen Turner
The Chadbourn Town Council, meeting in regular monthly session Tuesday night, decided to restrict the amount of time council members can speak on a single topic in board meetings, authorized the issuance of $1.7 million in water and sewer bonds, and requested the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to name a new overpass to honor the late Bill Johnson.
In a 3-2 split vote, council amended its rules of procedure to limit the amount of time a council member can speak on any particular topic during meetings. Councilmen David Worley, Donald Ray Bass and Danny Clewis voted in favor of the measure, while Colene Kelly and James Green opposed.
Under the new procedure, a council member will be able to speak on a single issue for only three minutes at a time, although he or she will be able to speak twice on the same issue. Previously, there has been no time limit on remarks.
Proceeds from the water and sewer bonds will be used to pay capital construction costs of $596,000 for the water system and $1,150,000 for the sewer system improvements. The bonds, which will be purchased by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, will be repaid over a 40-year period. The interest rate for the water bond is 2.75 percent, while the interest rate for the sewer bond is 2.125 percent.
Council also unanimously passed a resolution requesting NCDOT to name a new overpass of Old Hwy. 74 over the four-lane U.S. 74/76 to honor the memory of Bill Johnson. DOT protocol requires that such resolutions must be passed unanimously by a local board and that the local board agree to sponsor the idea by paying a $2,000 administrative fee.
Although Johnson, who died in 2016 at age 75, did not live inside the town limits, he was a lifetime resident of the area and was long active in community and civic affairs.
See the Tuesday, Aug. 14, edition of The News Reporter for more details from the meeting.