St. Pauls knows it needs a Code Enforcement officer, and it has had several over the past few years. But getting one and keeping one has been difficult, due in part to the requirements of the job requiring fairness and toughness, authority, and ability to enforce codes and ordinances.
The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted to hire Frances Stayton as its Code Enforcement officer at its monthly meeting last Thursday. She will work on a part time basis, up to 20 hours per week, at a straight hourly wage, without benefits, as an independent contractor. She has worked previously, for nine months, as Code Enforcement Officer for Red Springs.
A Code Enforcement officer will be responsible for ensuring that every resident meets the rules and regulations set by the Town, governing such things as unsightly home conditions, abandoned structures, junked or abandoned vehicles, and overgrown yards.
The Town Board also voted to insert a provision in the parking ordinance that exempts Special Events, such as the Night Out, from ordinary parking ordinances and grants the Police Chief authority to regulate parking for such events. Stuart Turille, the Town Administrator, explained that the Town is confronting something new, the ever-increasing popularity of the downtown event which was not anticipated and addressed in the current Code.
The provision also removed the exemption for downtown merchant owners and employees for parking longer than two hours in the downtown Broad street spots.
During the Night Out, classic cars are allowed to back up to the curb, make u-turns to get into and out of parking spaces, and park left side to the curb, which are all illegal during other times.
Commissioners also approved a resolution affirming the Town’s right to enforce its subdivision rules to its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) area. This was requested by the County for clarification.
Commissioners also approved a resolution to adopt a Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This was requested by FEMA.
The Town Board also approved $5,000 as its part of a NCDOT plan to install a $65,000 audible pedestrian signal at the intersection of Broad and Second Streets. $5,000 comes from Powell Bill funds and not Town taxes.
Also at the meeting, a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck was declared surplus allowing it to be advertised for sale locally. Watch for an ad in The St. Pauls Review for details on the bidding process.
The Board learned that Wayne McDuffie, Supervisor of the St. Pauls Public Works Department, will be retiring and that a reception in his honor will be held on Tuesday, July 23 at the Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center. McDuffie has served the Town of St. Pauls for 30 years.