ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners on Tuesday denied a request for a permit a local businessman needed to open an Internet enterprise.
Joseph Lutz wants to open an Internet establishment on South Bond Street, but was unable to convince commissioners that his business would not violate state laws prohibiting gambling on the terminals.
“Our games do not violate the law,” Lutz said. “You purchase Internet time, you don’t have to play.”
The commissioners cited Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt’s restrictions against opening such establishments.
“We’d love to issue you a license, but we can’t afford to jeopardize the town,” Commissioner Marvin Shooter said.
Luts was advised to consult with a lawyer.
Following Lutz’s presentation, Connie Baker and Elizabeth Peppers approached commissioners about opening a youth recreation center on Main Street.
“Our mission is to provide the youth of Rowland a stimulating and safe environment to play and relax,” Baker said. “It will help keep our youth out of trouble.”
In addition to arcade games, the center is expected to host plays, talent shows, workshops and guest speakers.
The permit request was unanimously approved.
In other business, Elizabeth Brown, an administrative assistant for the town, shared her findings about state burning laws. There had been some confusion as to whether starting fires to burn garbage or leaves was allowed within the town limits. Brown sad it is acceptable to burn leaves, branches and other plant growth outside of the town, but not within it. It is illegal to burn garbage, lumber, tires and old newspapers anywhere.
In other business, Police Chief Jim Reaves told commissioners that he had found a buyer willing to pay $1,000 for three old police cars.
— Mayor Elizabeth Hunt and Commissioners Paul Hunt and Marvin Shooter were sworn in to new four-year terms.