Fairmont OKs bid for sewer work

By Terri Ferguson Smith - tsmith@civitasmedia.com

FAIRMONT — The Board of Commissioners unanimously accepted on Tuesday a bid of more than $1 million to make repairs to the town’s sewer system.

The low bid of $1,097,350 was from Frank Horne Construction, of Fair Bluff. The work will help keep stormwater out of the town’s wastewater system, Town Manager Katrina Tatum said.

Four companies submitted bids for work on the second phase of the town’s sewer infrastructure rehabilitation.

“This is to correct inflow and infiltration problems we’re having in our sewer system. Stormwater is getting into our sewer system,” Tatum said.

When stormwater gets into a sewer system it overloads the system and adds unnecessary costs, she said.

In other business, the commissioners approved changing the hours of work for town employees.

At the request of Commissioner Monte McCallum, the commissioners agreed to change the hours of operation at Town Hall from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour off for lunch to Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with 30 minutes off for lunch, and 8 a.m. until noon on Friday.

McCallum, Terry Evans, Felecia McLean-Kesler and Cassandra Gaddy voted in favor of the change. Commissioners Charles Kemp and J.J. McCree voted against it. Kemp said he had not had sufficient time to find out what residents of Fairmont thought about the change because commissioners received agenda packets on Friday.

The board did not set a date for the change, but Tatum said residents would be notified in plenty of time to make the adjustment.

Fire Chief Garrett Robinson updated commissioners about the need for fire trucks. He said the town has received donations of two used fire trucks, so the department will be able to handle the town’s needs for the foreseeable future. The department also will seek a grant for the purchase of a new truck.

The commissioners also approved Police Chief Jon Edwards’ request to establish policies for use of the department’s firing range. The new rules mandate users must provide a certificate of liability insurance; for-profit groups must pay a fee of $5 for each student; and all scheduling of classes and requests for use of the range from outside parties must go through Sgt. Larry Russ of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. Russ maintains the firing range and handles the schedule in exchange for teaching gun safety to 4-H members on the range.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Recognized the Fairmont Middle School Junior Beta Club for winning first place for its skit titled “Power Up With Luis” at the North Carolina State Junior Beta Club convention, during which Luis Cortez was elected NC Junior Beta Club vice president for 2017-2018. They also recognized eighth-grader Sarah Blanton for winning second place in the Division I art category. Club sponsor Jamie Burney was named state sponsor of the NC Junior Beta Club for the next two years,

— Agreed to accept a donation of four backless benches to be placed in the Fairmont Community Park.

By Terri Ferguson Smith


Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865.

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