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Fair Bluff commissioners oppose closure of early voting site

Posted on: 08.11.2018 at 08:30 a.m.

By Allen Turner

The Fair Bluff Board of Commissioners, meeting in regular monthly session Tuesday night, went on record as opposing the closure of the early voting site in Fair Bluff for November’s general election.

Fair Bluff resident Evelyn Waddell, a longtime elections poll worker, spoke in the public comments portion of the meeting to alert council that the county board of elections had decided to close early voting sites in Fair Bluff, Chadbourn and Bolton for the November general election and will open a new early voting site in Cerro Gordo.

“Our council is strongly opposed to our voters having to travel out of town to cast their ballots,” Mayor Billy Hammond said. “We will be urging the elections board to change their intentions and keep all voting here in the town limits of Fair Bluff.”

Other council business 

Council was told that Jeff Marlowe, operator of Myrtle Beach-based Outdoor Adventure and Kayak Co., wants to open a location in Fair Bluff and will appear before council next month to request to store canoes and kayaks in the old visitors center on Main Street, which was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. He’s also interested in utilizing the restrooms at the rear of that facility and is scheduled to appear in September to discuss a proposal for leasing the building from the town.

The town has completed interviews for two new state-funded positions: project manager and planner. Town consultant Al Leonard said the new employees could be on the job by Sept. 1.

Council learned that a recent grant application for street paving money was not initially funded but that it will be reconsidered in October.

See Tuesday’s edition of The News Reporter for additional details about the meeting.

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