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Fair Bluff commissioners ban internet gaming parlors

Posted on: 12.6.2018 at 08:02 p.m.

By Allen Turner

allenturner@nrcolumbus.com

The Fair Bluff Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, with Commissioner Randy Britt absent, to go against the recommendation of the town planning board and instead prohibit internet sweepstakes gaming parlors in town.

In August, commissioners instituted a six-month moratorium on such establishments and asked the planning board to study the matter, making it clear at the time that they hoped the appointed advisory body would recommend a prohibition of such businesses.

However, the planning board met in November and decided instead to recommend that such businesses be allowed with regulations in areas of town zoned Central Business District and Highway Service Business. Planning board decisions are advisory in nature only, with commissioners having the final word.

Tuesday’s decision bans such establishments parlors in town.

In other business, commissioners:

–Awarded Frank Horne Construction of Fair Bluff, the low bidder, a $1,025,006 contract for repairing wastewater pump stations damaged in Hurricane Matthew two years ago. The repairs will be funded by grant monies. Rejected bids were from Level Utilities, LLC of Georgetown, S.C. ($1,392,811) and Turner Murphy Co. Inc. of Rock Hill, S.C. ($1,732,494);

–Awarded a contract to the Cape Fear Council of Governments not to exceed $70,000 over a two-year period to provide planning services to the town. The state budget had provided funding to hire a town planner but no qualified applicants sought the position; and

–Approved the installation of new streets lights at 89 Small St. and at the intersection of Elm and Third Streets.

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