FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Board of Commissioners took no action on Thursday after another lengthy discussion on permitting the sale of alcohol at the Fairmont Community Park.
The board at its March meeting floated the idea of adopting an ordinance allowing alcohol sales at the park, doing so at the request of the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce. A motion was made on Thursday for its adoption, but that went nowhere, and the board decided later to table the matter.
Commissioner J.J. McCree said that he has concerns about “when is it going to be there and when is it not.”
The proposed ordinance would allow event organizers with an ABC permit to sell alcohol at designated areas in the park on a specific date and time.
Mayor Charles Kemp said that he was worried over possible loopholes.
“… People can find a way to get around that somehow,” Kemp said.
Also during the meeting, Kemp presented Fairmont Middle School cheerleaders with a certificate of recognition for winning first place at the 2013 Junior Middle School National Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla. Tom Volkman, Elizabeth Hill and Shane Godwin from Fairmont High School were also presented with a certificate of appreciation for their plans to paint a mural at Heritage Park.
The board also heard a report from Maddy Sealey, secretary of the Fairmont Youth Council at Fairmont High School, which plans to hold a teen singing competition in May.
During public comments, the board:
— Heard from Robert Floyd and Betty Oliver, who expressed interest in purchasing the dirt portion of Webster Street as an access road to their farmland.
— Heard from Erich Hackney, an investigator with the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office, who commended Fairmont police for their efforts in the arrest of Jerod Kutree McNeill, Julius Laverne Rogers and Bobby Deshawn Jones. McNeill, Rogers and Jones are each charged with first-degree murder in the March 22 shooting death of Fairmont High student DaQuan Stephens.
— Heard from Emanuel Thompson, a representative from Sway, a nonprofit aimed at empowering youth. Thompson said that he will have a presentation for the board during its regular May meeting.
In other action, the board:
— Approved repair work at the Gertrude Street Well for $40,000.
— Voted 5 to 1 to support a resolution from the Clean Water Management Fund for additional funding from the state for the next fiscal year.
— Heard from Kemp, who said that state Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker will be visiting Fairmont’s team of economic officials on Tuesday to discuss ways to create jobs.
— Heard from Town Manager Linda Vause, who said Hearts n Hands, an all-female local civic club, will be having a dinner on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Cost of the event is $20.
— Heard from Chief Danny Parker, director of Public Safety for Fairmont, who said that crime fell from 65 cases in February to 45 in March.