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Elizabethtown Town Council meeting

The Elizabethtown Town Council met Tuesday evening with the first item on the agenda  being the recognition of the organizers of the recent Battle of Elizabethtown event.  Included were Sunday Allen, Dawn Maynard, Bobby Lewis and Seth Lewis.  Mayor Campbell thanked the team for their hard work in promoting and organizing such a successful event.  
The Board approved the sale of surplus items by Internet sales.  They also approved the funding application to NCDENR for replacement of Well #1.
In other business, they provided direction to staff regarding the (awning at Bladen Hardware) encroachment at 138 South Popular Street from town-owned property, Town Attorney Goldston Womble will research the law for the options for abatement and will update the Board; received an update on the State Health Plan and selected a plan coverage (Comsumer Directed Health Plan to also include retirees) for town employees beginning January 1, 2015; approved tax releases and received the monthly financial report.
Pat Melvin addressed the Board to discuss an awning issue at the Bladen Hardware building (owned by Melvin and Gene Anderson).  Melvin highlighted some of the accomplishments that he and Anderson have provided for downtown businesses.  Their goal has always been to fill empty buildings with a business, whether by renting a building, selling a building or financing a business...helping to create a more productive and positive appeal to the downtown area.  Melvin received a notice concerning the awning at Bladen Hardware being out of compliance.  This was his first indication of the ordinace that was approved in 2011.  Ricky Leinwand made a comment that the facade grant is available and the Town has spent a large amount of money to make improvements on Broad St. and Poplar St.   Melvin stated he came tonight to encourage better communication to business owners from the Town.
During the Open Forum, citizen Bettye McLaughlin expressed concern about her water bill that is now doubled.  Mayor Campbell asked Pat DeVane to check on the situation.  Another citizen also complained about the forced recycling fee.  Mr. Madden and Mr. DeVane indicated that NC laws have mandated the recycling.
Special Called Meeting scheduled for September 22nd.

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