FAIRMONT — A staffing change has put Fairmont behind on receiving payments for damages from Hurricane Matthew, town commissioners learned Tuesday.
Town Manager Katrina Tatum told commissioners that claims have been sent for processing and, hopefully, they will receive some of the money soon.
The delay is the result of the Federal Emergency Management Agency replacing the coordinator for Fairmont, Tatum said. That change doesn’t affect the FEMA claims themselves.
“Most of the residents have their funds and are just getting started on their renovations,” Tatum said. “We got our paperwork in to one coordinator and they changed coordinators, and there was a bit of confusion as to what the first coordinator gave to the second coordinator.”
The town has received about $62,700 from an insurance claim, Tatum said.
One casualty of flooding from Hurricane Matthew, which struck Robeson County in October, was a South Robeson Rescue Unit truck. Cmdr. Brandon Stone said the commissioners to donate a truck from its fleet that is no longer useful to the Fairmont Fire Department.
Fire Chief Garrett Robinson asked the commissioners to declare the 1990 pumper truck as surplus and donate it to South Robeson Rescue.
The pumper truck has rust in its tank and rust damage in other areas so it can no longer be used as a pumper but it can be used to haul equipment. The commissioners approved the request.
Commissioner Charles Kemp presented a report on recent and upcoming job fairs in Fairmont.
“Our town is developing a very good reputation regarding our assisting citizens to find employment,” Kemp said, reading from a statement. “Those we have offered in the past plus the two we offered last year and those so far this year have helped give us this positive standing among job seekers.”
Kemp said he spoke with an applicant from Laurinburg at the recent Perdue job fair and asked why she drove there for the job fair. He recounted her reply.
“Fairmont is the only town doing things like this. We need a job, and we came here hoping to get one,” she said.
Since 2010, Fairmont has sponsored or helped sponsor a total of eight large job fairs and 23 individual employer events, Kemp said.
“Well over 1,000 people have been exposed to many employers during these events. No town in our region can compare with these figures,” Kemp said. “I am proud of our unselfish record toward helping job seekers find employment and I want us to continue.”
At the recent Alamac job fair, 48 people attended and five were hired, he said. At the Perdue job fair, 21 people attended and eight were hired.
Three additional job fairs are coming up, he said. They are: Select Staffing agency for Harbor Freight on April 5, 10 a.m. until noon; Two Hawk Staffing for Campbell Soup, Elkay and others on April 26 from 10 a.m. until noon; and Mountainaire Farms on May 10 from 10 a.m. until noon.
All three will be held in the Fairmont Town Hall courtroom.