Vacant Wagram Board seat filled

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter
Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Cullen Edwards is sworn in by Mayor Milton Farmer during Thursday’s meeting of the Wagram Town Board of Commissioners.

WAGRAM — The Wagram Town Board of Commissioners swore in its newest member on Thursday.

Cullen Edwards took the oath of office, which was administered by Mayor Milton Farmer, during the town’s monthly meeting after the commissioners voted him in. Edwards takes the place of Paschal Stewart, who died in April. Stewart had served on the board for more than 25 years at the time of his death.

“I’d like to express my thanks to Mr. Edwards, for agreeing to become a part of the board for the town of Wagram,” Farmer said.

Edwards, a Wagram native, has worked in the county as a volunteer and has worked with the marching band program over the years. He was recommended for the position by a member of his church, and is excited to try it out.

“I’m interested in learning more about the day-to-day operations in town because I’m sure there are a lot of things to learn,” Edwards said. “I’m interested in the community.”

Edwards’ has worked as a facilities manager at Cypress Bend Winery the past four years. He worked for 37 years at the WestPoint Stevens Plant in IT administration before it shut down.

In other business, Town Clerk Phyllis Lowery told the commissioners that someone was interested in renting out the community center to host a plate sale.

The commissioners discussed the issue, and Commissioner Bernice Gorham pointed out that allowing such a thing could cause problems at a later date.

Town Attorney Jerry Bruner suggested the commissioners come with a policy that states organizations cannot host parties for profit or charge admission when renting out the community center.

“Have a policy and say its for family get-togethers, meetings, but you can’t sell anything out of it either for admission or for sale,” Bruner said.

The board agreed, and voted to have a policy written up which outlines that those interested in renting out the community center would be prohibited from selling of items for profit during their event.

The commissioners also got a look at the banners that will be hanging throughout town.

The eight blue-and-white banners will carry two different messages. Four will say. “Welcome” and the other four will have a silhouette of a person paddling a canoe, and the words, “Town of Wagram Home of the Lumber River.”

“It all depends on what happens during the day,” Lowery said. “We could have a water leak or something that we have to deal with that could push us back. But they’ll hopefully be up next week.”

The banners cost $1,800 each. The commissioners had planned to get 10, but the original quote and what was budgeted had been for eight.

Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Cullen Edwards is sworn in by Mayor Milton Farmer during Thursday’s meeting of the Wagram Town Board of Commissioners.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_3333.jpgKatelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Cullen Edwards is sworn in by Mayor Milton Farmer during Thursday’s meeting of the Wagram Town Board of Commissioners.

By Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter