Pembroke renews pact for inmate labor

First Posted: 4/6/2015

PEMBROKE — The Pembroke Town Council voted Monday to renew its yearly contract with Scotland Correctional Institute, which supplies the town with up to eight inmates to perform roadside cleanup and other labor.

The town has worked with the Laurinburg facility since the Lumberton Correctional Institution on Legend Road was shuttered in 2013. That building is now home to a Confinement in Response to Violation Center, which holds offenders who have committed technical violations of probation, parole or post-release supervision.

Pierre Locklear, the town’s Public Works supervisor, said he was in favor of keeping the help the prisoners provide.

“They’re real good workers and it’s a good program,” he said. “I recommend we keep doing it; they help us out a lot and it’s cheap labor.”

The council on Monday also scheduled public hearings for a pair of rezoning requests.

The requests came from Shirley Locklear, who hopes to have her property rezoned from industrial, and Harold Harris, who hopes to have his property rezoned from farmland. Both properties are outside the town’s corporate limits, but fall within its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The hearings will be held during the council’s next regular meeting on May 4.

Monday’s meeting lasted about 20 minutes. Councilman Channing Jones joked that he expected “another page” after receiving his copy of the agenda, which listed no old business.

During the meeting, Jones praised ABC Board Chairman Joseph Locklear, who announced that the liquor store turned a profit in February, and Councilwoman Theresa Locklear, who organized a town’s Easter egg hunt last week.

Jones is serving as mayor pro tem while Mayor Milton Hunt recovers from open-heart surgery. According to Marie Moore, the town’s finance officer, a raffle to benefit Hunt’s family raised nearly $6,000 on Friday.

“It was very successful,” Moore said.

Hunt has been released from the Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Medical Center and is recuperating at home with wife, Polly Hunt, by his side.

He has served the town of Pembroke for 40 years, including two terms as a member of Town Council and eight terms as mayor.