The Wadesboro Town Council made further changes to its budget and adopted an employee health insurance plan during its regular monthly meeting on Monday.
The council also voted to remove the rubber mulch at City Pond and replace with with wood mulch, trimming several thousand dollars from its budget. Other changes to the budget included changes to the town’s water/sewer fund.
The council also voted to raise the Wadesboro Police Department officers’ off-duty pay from $20/hour to $30/hour. The $20/hour salary has been in place at least nine years, prompting the council to increase it to combat cost-of-living increases and to make it comparable with surrounding agencies. (The Anson County Sheriff’s Office offers $30/hour, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office offers $25/hour, the Monroe Police Department offers $30/hour, and the Mount Gilead offers $40/hour in off-duty pay.)
Town Manager Alex Sewell updated the council on the town’s efforts to begin a recycling program. Sewell said he has been working with Waste Management to begin a centralized recycling program. The town is still looking at locations for the receptacle but is considering placing it in the area behind the police department.
Sewell also commented on East Wade Bridge’s repair schedule. He said the town anticipates going to bid with the project in July and hopes to begin repairs this summer for a tentative January completion date.
Additionally, the town:
- Appointed Ken Caulder and Libby Cameron to the Town Zoning & Adjustments board.
- Approved a street closing for the Caraway Foundation’s Back to School Bash on the town square on Aug. 16. Streets from West Wade to Greene to Rutherford will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Voted to accept the NC League of Municipalities Health Benefits Trust (MIT of NC) insurance for its employees.
- Heard about James’ efforts to earn a grant to dredge City Pond. Dredging the pond would improve the water quality, pond capacity and the appearance of the water.
Sewell will make final adjustments to the budget and present it to the council during a special meeting on June 11 at 5 p.m.