FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Board of Commissioners on Thursday discussed issues with street addresses that are being blamed for Election Day confusion and slowing emergency responders.
According to Town Manager Linda Vause, inconsistent street names and numbers accounted for some challenged votes in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Some Fairmont roads snake in and out of the town’s boundaries, leading to questions as to whether some houses are within the town limits, she said.
These inconsistencies can also delay emergency responders if they are unsure whether a residence is within their jurisdiction.
“We’re working with the county Tax Department and Mapping Department to get the addresses correct, especially on Industrial Drive,” Vause said. “You have numbers that range from 97 to 1000 within five houses and there’s no real rhyme or reason to why they were addressed the way they are.”
The board also voted in favor of a North Carolina Department of Transportation project to replace a deteriorating bridge on Leesville Road. In addition, the board unanimously approved a motion set forth by Commissioner Bobby Townsend, the town’s mayor-elect, to give the Department of Transportation use of the land free of charge.
That decision will speed up the project, said Vause, who expects construction to start this summer.
“It’s not like they’re taking the land to keep forever … they’re going to have to, at their expense, move our sewer lines to do this project,” she said. “We’re just working with another government entity to get things done.”
At the start of the meeting, Mayor Charles Kemp introduced six Farmers Festival Queens who ere crowned during the Oct. 19 festival. He also introduced four from 2012 who earned the title of Ambassador for their participation in town events during the past year.
While the younger contestants competed in farm attire and evening wear categories, the two oldest groups were judged in evening wear and professional attire, said Jennifer Larson, town clerk.
The queens are: Wee Miss Halona Locklear; Little Miss Chloe Locklear; Tiny Miss Adriana Gay; Junior Miss Rachel Sealy; Teen Miss Hailey Hunt; Miss Lindsey Barfield; Majestic Ambassador Ivy Page; Ambassador Taylor Locklear; Royal Ambassador Tristen Rich; and Mini Ambassador Marley Johnson.
In other business:
— The board announced that Fairmont Community Park will be locked from sunset to sunrise because of poor lighting during those hours.
— The board presented Farmers Festival Chairman Jane Powell a certificate of appreciation for her work on the event.
— The Fairmont Youth Council announced its Thanksgiving canned food drive. Cans should be dropped off at Fairmont High School before Nov. 26.
— A representative of The Department of Public Safety’s Fire Division said it painted the town’s fire hydrants different colors according to their gallon-per-minute capacity.