Wadesboro declares State of Emergency

By: By Charles Wood - Staff Writer
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WADESBORO- Wadesboro Mayor Bill Thacker declared a State of Emergency for the town following a special Town Council meeting held on Thursday, March 18 to address COVID-19. Declaring a State of Emergency empowers Mayor Thacker to be able to restrict movements of people, establish a curfew, as well as to restrict the movement of alcohol and dangerous weapons through the town.

In addition to the Wadesboro’s State of Emergency, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Monday that closed public schools until May 15, limited gatherings to 50 people, and shut down businesses like salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors where social distancing can not be reasonably practiced.

Wadesboro Town Manager David Edwards announced that Town Hall will be limited to a drive-thru only operation until further notice. Public entrances to both the Police and Fire Stations will also be closed. Garbage collection will remain on normal operation for now, but limb, leaf, and furniture pickup will be suspended. All Wadesboro parks will remain open and available.

Edwards also suggested that cut-off for nonpayment of utility bills be suspended until further notice and the Council agreed to do so. All usage will still be billed and due as normal, and cut-off will resume at some point in the near future, to be decided by the Council. When that happens, the balance due will have to be paid in full in order to avoid cut-off.

The future format of Town Council meetings was also discussed at the special town council meeting. Councilman Lewis Evans suggested utilizing conference calls for future meetings while Councilman Bobby Usrey stated that he prefers in-person meetings. “I’m a face-to-face kind of person,” remarked Usrey. Ultimately, the Town Council decided to continue meetings as scheduled but are working on a solution to allow the public to view and make public comments electronically.

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By Charles Wood

Staff Writer

Reach Charles Wood at cwood@ansonrecord.com or at 704 994 5471

Reach Charles Wood at cwood@ansonrecord.com or at 704 994 5471