Red Springs gets ordinances updated

By Gabrielle Isaac - [email protected]

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Board of Commissioners is a step closer to bringing all of the town’s ordinances up to code, according to Town Manager James Bennett.

“It is customary that every so many years, towns will codify their ordinances,” Mayor John McNeill said during the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. “What we are doing is bringing it up to code.”

Bennett said that the ordinances had not been updated since 2006.

Jean Cline, of the Lumber River Council of Governments, spent up to nine months redoing the ordinances. Cline presented the final draft for the new ordinances, explaining that several were missing from the previous code. The new code of ordinances includes 18 titles with individual chapters explaining each ordinance.

The updated ordinances are set to be approved at the board’s next meeting on Oct. 6.

Bennett also told the board that the town would begin picking up discarded electronics and taking them to the county landfill.

County compactor sites had accepted electronics but a Red Springs town ordinance prohibited the town from collecting electronics at the curb. That ordinance has been removed, Bennett said, because residents were dumping their discarded electronics in parking lots and neighbors’ yard. The problem had coat the town about $1,000.

In other business, the board:

— Presented Barbara Melvin with the Citizen of the Month award. She was presented with a certificate and town coin.

— Heard from Andy Connor on a building permit software.

— Talked about an easement release that was requested by a resident who is in the process of building a home on two plots of land.

— Announced the following events: Family Fun Day on Sept. 12; a special board meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14; Cycle North Carolina on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Jazz in the Park on Oct. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m.

— Heard from Commissioner Duron Burney about Wilson Terry Memorial Park, which was set to be dedicated to the long-time pastor in November of last year. A family member expressed concern that the park seemed incomplete. Burney said that he felt that parts of the park were unsafe, especially the basketball goals. McNeill asked Bennett to make sure the goals were fixed and advised Burney to express further concerns on the park to Bennett.

— Extended a license for building to a resident by three months. The resident had requested a year-long extension.

— Discussed contracts in closed session and approved the contracts in open session.

By Gabrielle Isaac

[email protected]

Gabrielle can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.

Gabrielle can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.

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