District 1 to get first town hall meeting

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter
Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Laurinburg City Council met on Tuesday for its monthly meeting, and discussed town hall meetings and getting community development updates.

LAURINBURG — After several months of discussion and planning, Laurinburg City Council has announced a date for the first town hall meeting.

Councilmember Mary Evans brought up the topic of having the Town Halls several times throughout the year and on Tuesday she announced to the council there will be a District 1 Town Hall in September.

The meeting will be held at the A.B. Gibson Center on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Although the event will be for those in District 1, everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

“The primary objective is to address the issues of those who live in District 1,” Evans said. “The first couple of times it might not happen like I’d like for it to, but we’re going to keep on until we get it together because it is a very important event.”

The goal of the meetings will be another way for people in the community to discuss what they want to see in the city or issues they’ve been having besides coming to council meetings. The agenda for the meeting has a question and answer for members of the public to ask questions and voice concerns to the council members attend.

The location for the District 2 Town Hall meetings will be at Scotland Place, but a time or date hasn’t been put in place yet. The locations are meant to be as centrally located for the people in the districts as possible.

City projects

The council heard from heard from Michael Mandeville, the Community Development director, about some projects happening in the city. The first being the project for the parking lot behind the walk-through in downtown. The council heard from architect David Lambert of McAdams Company during last month’s meeting when he gave a look into what the space could be turned into — including a green space with an amphitheater to hold concerts and a multi-use space that can be utilized for parking or farmer’s markets.

Mandeville explained that the current issue is trying to get the parcels from the nine different owners. The city wants the purchasing to be fair across the board so they’re trying to get everyone to donate the land for the project with tax cuts and benefits but there hasn’t been a response from the owners. In a couple of weeks, Mandeville explained they’ll be going back out and talking to the owners before deciding if they’re going to buy the land.

Mandeville also spoke to the council about working on the wayfinding signs that were put up at the end of June. He is working on changing the font size on the signs because the font is too small currently.

“We didn’t know how it would look until we put it in,” Mandeville said. “So we’re going back and working on the font and arrow size.”

Council also questioned what was happening with the State Bank and Market Furniture building, which haven’t been touched in months. City Manager Charles Nichols told council he’s talked to the owner around every two weeks and has been told they’re working on finalizing the plans and architecture for the State Bank building.

The council also approved to go-ahead for the sale of the timber on the “smart-site” at the former McEachin Property at Stewartsville Road near U.S. 74 Bypass.

A local company, Canal Wood, LLC, located on Academy Road, was the only company to bid in the sale of the timber. This was the second time that bids were taken for the timber, the first time there were two bids including Canal Wood, but the bids did not have a bid bond on it so a rebid was needed.

The bid was for $78,500 and the council unanimously approved the bid.

Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Laurinburg City Council met on Tuesday for its monthly meeting, and discussed town hall meetings and getting community development updates.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_3462.jpgKatelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange Laurinburg City Council met on Tuesday for its monthly meeting, and discussed town hall meetings and getting community development updates.

By Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171