St. Pauls likes 74 as interstate

By: By Tomeka Sinclair - [email protected]
J.R. Steigerwald

ST. PAULS —The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners on Thursday went on record as wanting U.S. 74 to be designated as an interstate.

Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said the town received a resolution from U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s office to put a request before Congress to designate the entirety of U.S. 74 an interstate highway.

“We have Interstate 95 but we don’t have a major interstate east to west,” Steigerwald said. “I think it would be great for the state.”

U.S. 74 is an east to west highway that runs from Wrightsville Beach to Chattanooga, Tenn.

The commissioners also approved a contract with BP Campbell Oil to supply fuel for town vehicles. The contract stipulates the company would maintain a fuel station that is open 24 hours a day and is large enough to service large vehicles.

The commissioners were happy with BP offering fuel cards with vehicle identification so the town would know who bought fuel.

“I actually think that’s a good idea,” Commissioner Elbert Gibson said.

The board members also:

— Approved a contract with McGill Associates for Engineering Service for clean water funding.

— Awarded a bid for work on a pump station to ELJ Construction. The work will be paid for using a Community Development Block Grant and money from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

— Tabled a contract to erect border fencing at the Oakridge Cemetery, located on 1019 W. Broad St. Gibson said he wasn’t comfortable with making any decisions until the board was completely comfortable with how much money would be needed.

— Rejected a request for rezoning a parcel of land at 108 S. Burlington St. from industrial to business to allow the establishment of a video gaming business. The vacant building previously was used as a fish market and retail store, which are not allowed in the industrial zone.

— Approved the rezoning of a lot at 122 E. Blue St. from residential to professional. The building there once was a doctor’s office but it was zoned residential. The building is now vacant. Board members approved the zoning change so businesses can use the space in the future.

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By Tomeka Sinclair

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Reach Tomeka Sinclair at 910-416-5865

Reach Tomeka Sinclair at 910-416-5865