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Revised on: 12.6.2018 at 04:43 p.m.
Posted on: 12.6.2018 at 06:02 p.m.
By Allen Turner
The Chadbourn Town Council met in closed session to discuss personnel matters for about an hour Tuesday without taking action on appointing an interim town manager, but have scheduled another called closed session for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to talk about “qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment or conditions of initial employment” of an unspecified public officer employee or prospective employee.
At one point, a man who identified himself as John Bower went behind closed doors to talk with council, but neither Bower nor any council members confirmed that he is a candidate for the manager’s post.
The town manager’s position has been vacant since February, when former Town Manager Trey Burke resigned. Since then Town Clerk/Finance Officer Pat Garrell has served somewhat reluctantly as interim town manager. Garrell is said to be anxious for council to hire a manager so she can return to her primary duties as clerk/finance officer.
Although the board took no action on a town manager after their closed session, as a result of that closed session they authorized a $3,000 raise for Public Utilities Director Steven Price while he takes on the additional duties of wastewater treatment plan supervisor to replace a previous employee who resigned.
In other matters, Council also:
–Approved of a change order that adds $10,034 to cost of a water project funded with grant monies;
–Approved of a $225,000 contract with LKC Engineering to administer a stormwater grant funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation;
–Passed a resolution designating Price as the applicant’s agent for Hurricane Florence and the related applicant disaster assistance agreement;
–Approved a bid of $21,600 from Paul Spivey Roofing to replace the roof at 608 N. Brown St., providing that conditions are met to provide enough pitch on the roof to remove rain water;
–Scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 8 to discuss amending the water/sewer ordinance regarding length of time that must elapse before accounts are closed;
–Approved a budget amendment to increase the line item for code enforcement by $6,500 annually;
–Selected a street sweeper to be purchased if a USDA grant is received. The purchase will not take place if the grant is not awarded, but the USDA requires selection of the equipment before a decision is made on awarding the grant. If the grant is approved, the town will purchase a Ravo street sweeper from Southern Vac of Lexington, S.C. for $205,755, with USDA paying 75 percent of the costs and the town paying a 25 percent local match;
–Approval of a budget amendment to receive insurance proceeds of $6,052 associated with Hurricane Florence damages to town-owned businesses; and
–Scheduled a public hearing for Jan. 8 to receive citizen input on possible minor change in the town’s sign ordinance.