ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners on Tuesday considered ways to dispose of five old police cars.
The vehicles are considered “junkyard material” by Police Chief Jim Reaves, who estimates that each car is worth no more than $300.
The commissioners voted unanimously to allow Reaves to either sell the automobiles in a private auction or to scrap them.
“I’ll try to sell them outright first,” he said.
The commissioners also discussed the possible demolition of Rowland’s dilapidated and long-vacant Family Inn motel.
There was some confusion as to whether the town had to go through the Robeson County Health Department or the county’s Inspections Department in order to condemn the building so that it can be demolished.
Mayor Elizabeth Hunt volunteered to approach a private contractor, James Hunt, about handling the condemnation.
During the public comment period, three students from Southside Ashpole Elementary School presented a book report to commissioners as part of a fourth-grade project.
Tyler Davis, Shawna Revels and Madalyn Lowery summarized Judy Blume’s 1972 children’s novel “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” for commissioners.
The students also recited their poem ,“There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Turtle,” a reworked version of the popular children’s song, “There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.”
Each verse of the poem was accompanied by a picture drawn by one of the students.
“I’m really proud of them,” their teacher, Emma Kenny, said. “They’re really brave tonight.”
“I can say, this has been one of the most fun [public comment times] we’ve ever had,” Hunt said.
Also Tuesday, Hunt took a moment to express her gratitude to everyone who contributed to the town’s Veterans Day festivities.
“I really want to thank everyone for helping us out with our Veterans Day program,” she said.
The next Rowland meeting is Dec. 10.