Timber bid to be discussed at council meeting

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council meets Tuesday for the monthly meeting and will be voting if they will take the bid for the sale of timber on the future “smart site.”

The former McEachin Property, which consists of a 105-acre tract of land on Stewartsville Road near U.S. 74 Bypass and a 104-acre tract bordering U.S. 74 Bypass near the intersection of Stewartsville Road, are being designated as a smart site and targeted for economic development.

The land has a number of types of timber that can be sold for a value that could exceed $30,000 and the sale and removal of the timber will allow the land to be more visible by U.S. 74 Bypass to further the economic development.

The city took bids from June 21 until July 11 and received one bid from Canal Wood, LLC, located on Academy Road, which bid $78,500 for the removal of the timber which will be made in weekly payments.

The bids were originally opened in May but didn’t include bid bonds. During the first round, two companies bid on the land however the second didn’t rebid during the second round.

Council members will discuss awarding the bid to the company at the meeting at the meeting.

In other business Tuesday …

— The council will also hear from Calacia Douglas from the Sandhills Development Center, Inc. Douglas will be giving the council an update on the activities of the center and to request the use of a grill for “Colors of Light Project” at the Art Garden on Saturday. The “Colors of Light Project” is being held for rising sixth and eighth graders on Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The goal is to increase the community’s awareness of gifted Scotland County Artist and provide cultural enrichment. There will be 10 local poets, a saxophonist, and art display.

— Councilmember Mary Evans will give an update on the town hall meetings she has wanted to go through with in order to get residents in the districts to come and speak to councilmembers about issues they have with certain things going on or what they want to see done.

— The council will also consider making a resolution to support the establishment of a Foreign-Trade Zone at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport. On July 11 the Scotland County Commissioners unanimously approved to support.

By Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter