The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners welcomed two guests, approved paving and flooring contracts and officially received a new fire department vehicle during its monthly meeting last Thursday night.
Commissioners accepted the low bid, from Sykes Paving of Bladenboro, of $28,975 for the resurfacing of W. Armfield Street from the railroad tracks to Second Street and Elizabeth Street from Armfield to McLean Streets.
The board also accepted the low bid of $10,010 from King’s Paving of Lumberton for paving the Town’s parking lots to include those around Town Hall and the District Courtroom, the lot behind the downtown Pavilion (with a private owner paying his half of the costs there), and the fire department.
Also approved were the only bids to repair the floors at the Scout Hut and the Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center. Superior Industrial Flooring will strip, seal and buff the floor at the Scout Hut for $530. Superior will also sand and refinish the wooden floor at the Hooks Center for $4,400. The board also approved a yearly maintenance fee of $300 for these two building’s floors. Superior Industrial Flooring’s owner and Town Board member Jerry Weindel, abstained from voting.
Fire Chief Evans Jackson presented the department’s new equipment truck to the Commissioners for their inspection. The used vehicle has less than 14,000 miles on it, and cost $39,000, $3,000 of which was provided by a private donation. The truck came over its budget appropriation of $30,000, but the department will sell as surplus one of its other vehicles to make up for the budget difference.
The Town considered an Interlocal Agreement between St. Pauls and Maxton for the use of each other’s garbage collection trucks on a limited schedule, but tabled it for further study concerning liability.
A surplus 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck was sold to the higher of two bidders, Alexander Jones, for $1,001.
Appearing before the board were Shahnee Haire and Catie Roche.
Haire is the director of the Robeson County Health Department’s PREPare for Success Teen Outreach program, which comes to St. Pauls officially today, Aug. 16 with a 6 p.m. kickoff at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, which is free and open to the public. Haire asked for a weekly meeting space and Commissioners gave use of the Scout Hut on the third Monday of each month from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. without charge.
Catie Roche, Director of the Robeson County Public Library, thanked the Town for its ongoing financial support of the public library here. She also said that the investment was well worth it, since the Annie H. McEachern Public Library had welcomed over 13,000 people in 2011-2012, had 5,000 of them use the free computers, and loaned them 7,800 circulated items. Among those counted in 2011-12 were 950 children who came to enjoy one of the library’s events geared for kids.
The board granted Town Administrator the authority to accept the low bid for the paving of the first 800 feet of the roadway into the industrial park on NC Highway 20 West.
The board also approved a request from First Baptist Church for four additional handicapped parking spaces near the church. This brings to 10 the number of such designated spaces there.
The board instructed local businesses that if they wish to keep the non-profit Planet Aid shoes and clothing collection bins being placed on their premises that they must request permission of same in writing from the Town.