Lock and Dam No. 2 soon to be patrolled by Wildlife Commission

Bladen Journal (Elizabethtown, N.C.)

Sept. 06–ELIZABETHTOWN — An Elizabethtown site will soon have more eyes on it.

On Monday, the Elizabethtown Town Council entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Lock and Dam No. 2. Effective immediately, the agreement stipulates that the Commission will incorporate the lock into its Boating Access Area Program, install informational kiosks at the boating access area, and be patrolled by the Commission’s wildlife enforcement officers.

The town will still maintain the boating access area, maintain the grounds, and permit boating access.

“Mr. (Howell) Clark has brought up several times the conflict with boat parking and other vehicles, and (this agreement) says they will place signage on the park, and it clarifies who will enforce that,” explained town manager Eddie Madden.

“I think it’s a very good idea,” commented mayor Sylvia Campbell.

In other business, the board:

— Adopted a new school speed limit of 45 mph on Airport Road around Emereau Charter School.

— Authorized a grant application to N.C. Department of Environmental Quality for an asset study of the water and wastewater systems in town. The $300,000 grant will require a $15,000 local match.

— Approved entering into a contract with Hunt Environmental Associates for an environmental study on the former Chevrolet dealership property.

— Approved the contract for the $2.5 million grant from Golden Leaf Foundation, to be used to renovate a building at 300 E. Broad St. A topic at August’s meeting, the renovated building will be used to house the Elizabethtown Fire Department and the Rescue Squad.

— Rejected a $75,000 bid for the purchase of a 1.04-acre lot on W. Broad St.

— Awarded a bid for the demolition of the former Rescue Squad building to Smith Brothers, the lowest bid at $19,500. The award is pending FEMA’s approval, as the federal money to be used for the demolition was originally earmarked for renovation of the building.

— Awarded JTS Group Inc. the bid for maintenance of the landscaping of the central business district, town hall, town entrance signs, and Leinwand and Lloyd parks. JTS Group Incorporated will maintain the sites on a monthly basis for $21,675.

— Approved engineering services with W.K. Dickson and Co. to determine the cause of a drainage problem along King Street that has resulted in four or five sink holes in the last seven or eight years, according to the Public Works Department. Public Works Director Pat DeVane said without the study, the town could be facing millions of dollars if complete upheaval of the system were the only solution left. The cost for the evaluation is $13,500.

The next meetings of the Elizabethtown Town Council will be Oct. 2 at noon and at 7 p.m. at the municipal building on West Broad Street.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

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