Gibson toundergosystemrepairs

GIBSON — Gibson Mayor Ronnie Hudson informed the commissioners at their regular Thursday meeting that work is scheduled to begin next week on repairs to the town’s main wastewater lift station, for which $44,000 was budgeted in the new fiscal year.

“They’re rebuilding the whole thing, putting a new computer system and everything because the one we’ve got really doesn’t work,” Hudson said. “They’re putting in a new pumping system; the only thing they can use that we’ve got down there are our two motors, because they’re new.”

The town’s sewer system should not be disrupted, Hudson said, as crews will pump sewage into a truck and dump it into the town’s lagoon. The repairs are scheduled to take about a week.

Commissioner Ken Haney, who is responsible for overseeing Gibson’s finances, applauded the town’s staff and residents for its high property tax collection rate — $88,123 of $90,000 collected.

“I’m just amazed at the tax collections; some towns would kill for this,” Haney said.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners discussed with Gibson native David Ingram his proposition to hold a reunion festival at the Gibson Depot in mid-September.

Ingram, who is currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, floated the idea of a free gathering for current and former Gibson residents — complete with children’s activities, free hamburgers and hot dogs, and live music.

“I was born and raised here in Gibson and I love it with a passion,” he said. “I’ve come back over the 30 years I’ve been in the military and I’ve seen the town go form really booming to people moving away. What I want to do is to reach out to the community to get people to come back and reminisce.”

The board considered certain concerns, such as the feasibility of hosting a crowd of 300 or more at the town depot, and the necessity of liability insurance for the event.

Ingram said he would look into insurance, as well as the possibility of hosting the event at the 7-acre Gibson Park on N.C. 79, and return to the commissioners with a firmer idea of what would be done with any profit generated from T-shirt sales.

Commissioner Pete Wilkins slyly proposed the addition of a bake-off to the roster of events.

“At these events they always have a cake bake,” Wilkins said. “A lot of women, believe it or not, and some men, can cook some good cakes.”

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.