The members of the business community behind the effort to acquire a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office for St. Pauls are not giving up, although they have not heard anything from the state thus far.
“I’m kind of frustrated because I’ve not heard anything yet,” said Sue Garrett, who is spearheading the effort to return a DMV office to St. Pauls and the area. “But I’m still being positive and I think we can get something done. We haven’t given up and we’re not giving up. We are still pushing the issue, although we have heard nothing about any decisions being made and we’re not aware of any being made at this point.
“A few unofficial comments have trickled down and they have all been positive but as far as direct action from the state, we haven’t seen any yet. We are still listening and still positive,” Garrett said.
The state of North Carolina permanently closed the St. Pauls DMV office on Aug. 31, 2011. That prompted local business people to pursue acquiring an office to serve the large geographical area surrounding St. Pauls that many feel is under served by the DMV. People came to St. Pauls from all over the region to the DMV office here because of the fast, friendly service. They could get in and out without long waits in lines as experienced at other DMV offices, and they valued having that service.
The group of business people asked the state if they could re-open the DMV office as a privately owned, for profit, business. As part of that request, in less than a month they collected well over 2,000 signatures in support of their effort and then provided them to the state.
So they are not the only people awaiting word from the state on a decision to allow a DMV office to return to St. Pauls.
“Having a local office would benefit the entire St. Pauls business community, because it draws people into town,” Garrett said, “as well as benefiting the people in need of DMV services.”