Last updated: August 20. 2014 3:16PM - 1172 Views
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MAXTON — The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to establish Aug. 31 as the deadline for a man to pay $7,500 for a storage building on McCaskill Avenue in Maxton.

Willie Hunt made the winning bid for the building in May. If he does not pay the full amount by Aug. 31, the commissioners will either begin accepting new bids or take the building off the market.

The sale is part of an effort for the cash-strapped town to raise money.

“We’ve been trying to raise money for the town by selling anything that’s unused or surplus,” Mayor Sallie McLean said.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Designated two old ambulances and a rescue trailer as surplus. According to interim Town Manager Angela Pitchford, the town is still paying insurance on the unused vehicles and plans to donate them to Robeson County rescue squad to save money.

— Heard a report from Police Chief Tammy Deese, who declared the town’s recent National Night Out a “huge success.” Deese thanked her staff, town officials and the numerous volunteers who helped put the event together.

— Heard from Tree Board member John Hailey, who said the next litter cleanup event in Maxton will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 20. During the previous cleanup, 42 volunteers collected more than 80 bags of litter.

“I’m hoping that we will get the same support,” Hailey said. “This is something that will make people understand that we care about our town.”

— Heard a series of concerns voiced by former Commissioner Lilly Dumas during public comment time. Among other things, Dumas said she hopes the town will offer more activities for senior citizens.

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