RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Board of Commissioners on Tuesday gave its blessing to plans for opening bids on Nov. 17 for construction of the town’s open-air farmers market.
Larry Anderson, with Anderson Engineering, told the commissioners that if there are no glitches in the bidding process the company awarded the bid in November should move on the project less than 30 days later.
“They then have 120 days to finish building the facility,” Anderson said. “If they don’t complete construction in that amount of time, you get $100 a day for each day the project isn’t done.”
The open-air farmers market includes construction of a 3,000-square-foot building on Fourth Street. The building will be 30 feet wide and 20 feet tall with open sides to allow farmers and produce sellers to drive their vehicles into the building for easier setup.
During the first phase the market will have a gravel parking lot, but Anderson said Tuesday that his firm is still looking at the possibility of paving the lot. The building will be handicap accessible and include bathrooms.
The farmers market building, which has been discussed in Red Springs since 2014, will be paid for with a $99,000 grant from the USDA.
The commissioners voted Tuesday to bring forward names at their next meeting to serve on a committee guiding the project.
“We need to have people on the committee that know marketing as well as those who know how to grow the produce,” Mayor John McNeill said.
In other business, the commissioners:
— Voted to abolish the town’s Cemetery Committee. The committee was organized about three years ago to look at fees charged for maintaining the town’s cemetery.
Town Attorney Neill Yarborough had informed town officials that a cemetery committee is not required by state law because the cemetery’s upkeep and maintenance is paid for through the General Fund.
— Recognized Juan Alexander Vicent, a Red Springs resident for 13 years, as the town’s Citizen of the Month. Vicent is a deacon at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Lumberton, and chairman of the Red Springs Recreation Department.
— Heard a brief presentation from Deandre Gillespie, a Graham Street resident who is concerned about a lack of playground equipment at the Graham Street Park. He also told commissioners that he is concerned for the safety of children because there is only one sign along the road near the park cautioning motorists of “Children at Play,” and that sign is painted over so it can’t be read.
“There needs to be something done about the sign,” he told the commissioners. “Children run back and forth to the park all the time.”
— Heard from resident Elma Patterson, who lives on N.C. 71, about household trash blowing into her yard from the recycling center at the town’s Public Works facility. She said people dump trash that is not recyclable, including old furniture.
“Fine just one person and this will stop,” Patterson said. “Word will quickly get around the community that people are being fined,” she said.
— Recessed the meeting until 6 p.m. on Oct. 18, when the commissioners will continue discussing financing for two projects —an upgrade to the town’s electrical system and roof repair for the Dayco building.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.