The Wadesboro council will focus on clearing the way for hot dog carts and vendors with other food carts to sell their edible wares uptown, following a request Monday evening.
Joe Dutton said that uptown employees and residents need more places to visit for lunch than the area’s sole restaurant.
“On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays when you need lunch and Oliver’s (Hometown Bar and Restaurant) is closed those days, or on court days, there’s nowhere to pop in for food,” Dutton said.
Dutton used Lamont Jackson’s cart as an example, but said there are other vendors who could set up shop uptown. He asked the council to set up rules and regulations for vendors to use.
Town manager Alex Sewell said that a vendor needs to comply with rules from the Anson County Health Department, pass a fire inspection if necessary, get any necessary permits, not block the sidewalk and get written permission from private property owners to use their property if their property is used.
Councilman Bobby Usrey asked whether vendors could be made to pass a criminal background check, while councilman John Ballard asked that they have certificates of liability insurance. Sewell said he would type everything up and present it to the council for the members’ review at the December meeting.
Mayor Bill Thacker said that the area east of Walmart, from the store to the U.S. Highway 52/74 intersection, badly needs street lighting.
Sewell said he has heard concerns from others about the lack of lighting, and that Hugh James, the town’s public services director, helped him come up with an estimate of $5,000 to $10,000 per year for the lights for pole fees.
Councilman Fred Davis said that with the Abbington Grove apartments going in on U.S. Highway 74, Walmart nearby and the high school down the road, the area will have more pedestrians, increasing the chances on will be struck by a car. Many people have a lack of transportation and walk along the road in dark clothing, Davis said.
Although the town has talked about putting street lights up further east along the Wade Mill area, Davis said he would prioritize the more heavily populated area near Walmart above it.
Paying for the lights may be a problem since it’s not in this year’s budget and the town is already paying for the renovation of the new police department from the town’s reserve fund, Sewell said. Currently, the lights would have to be initially and annually paid for out of the reserves unless more revenues are found.
The council asked Sewell to get more exact costs figured out with James and Duke Energy so they have more information to use to decide.
The Tollison building will come down later this month to make way for the Wadesboro fire department.
Sewell said the town will likely demolish the structure on or around Nov. 18. The town received bids for the demolition and is about to make a contract with one of the companies, Sewell said.
The town’s next regular meeting will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Wadesboro Town Hall.
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