LUMBERTON — During a brief 20-minute meeting on Monday night, the Lumberton City Council rubber stamped action in took at last week’s Policy meeting.
Also on Monday, Mayor Ray Pennington said that the city will pay homage to blacks past and present for their contributions to the country during February, which the city proclaimed as Black History Month.
“Our American way of life has been enriched by and enhanced through the courage and tenacity of African-Americans,” Pennington said.
The mayor said all residents of Lumberton should “continue working together overcoming any barriers and obstacles that remain in the remnants of past discrimination.”
After the meeting, Councilman John Cantey said Lumberton has a “wealth” of black history.
“We can boast that we are home to a Tuskegee Airman, a police chief and other prominent figures — all African-Americans,” said Cantey, who is one of two black councilmen.
Cantey has hopes that progress will not stagnate.
“Things are progressively changing each year,” Cantey said. “I challenge all citizens of Lumberton and Robeson County to join together to ensure all persons continue to progress together.”
In other action, the council:
— Approved the close-out of 2011 Community Development Block Grants, giving the Lumberton Christian Care Center authority to construct a soup kitchen at the corner of Walnut and Second streets.
— Approved the purchase of portable sewer cameras at a cost of $9,300. The money will come from the Water and Sewer Capital Reserve Fund.
— Approve a $10,300 contract with DoubleRadius for the purchase and installation of data cables at the new Police Department building.
— Approved the transfer of business phone lines to AT&T, a move that is expected to save the city $4,467 annually.
— Approved the scheduling of a workshop for Feb. 20 to discuss a five-year capital plan for the city.
— Approved the distribution of $500 from Councilman Don Metzger’s discretionary fund to the Wycliffe Association for maintenance and landscaping.
— Approved the issuing of $500 of discretionary money for a black history program at W.H. Knuckles Elementary School, with $200 coming from Cantey, and $100 from each of Councilmen John Robinson, Leon Maynor and Erich Hackney’s funds.
— Approved the issuing of $500 worth of discretionary money from Councilman Jackie Taylor’s fund for a community watch program in District 3.
— Approved the issuing of $100 of discretionary money from Cantey’s fund for housing rehabilitation at 307 Birch St.
— Approved the issuing of $1,000 of discretionary funds from Councilman Harry Ivey for security improvements at Janie Hargrave Elementary School.
— Approved a $31,500 contract with Floyd Brothers Construction to demolish the Goodyear Hotel.
— Appointed Leon Maynor to the Robeson County Transportation Committee.
— Approved a contract for an interconnection agreement with A Too D for a solar energy project on West Fifth Street.