Rowland OKs contract for debris removal

By: By Tomeka Sinclair -

ROWLAND — A contract for the removal of debris still left over from when Hurricane Matthew struck was approved Tuesday by town commissioners.

The contract was awarded to Shaver Trucking, which bid $74,550 for the project.

After Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the town was littered with limbs, branches, stumps and felled trees that were picked up and dumped at an old baseball field in town, Town Clerk David Townsend said.

“They’ve got to come in and grind all of the material on the site, haul it all off the site and then redress the site to the condition it was before,” Townsend said.

Townsend told the commissioners that although the contract was awarded, the request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for money to pay for the project is still on hold. The town filed the reimbursement request on Sept. 16.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners agreed that it was imperative that the town sponsor a meeting between the Robeson County Board of Education and the parents of local schools to discuss Southside-Ashpole Elementary School’s selection for the state’s newly created Innovative School District. Townsend said he will present to the school board Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 as possible dates for a meeting at the Expo Center on Main Street.

“I think it’s important to get all of the participants in this project in the same room here in town,” Townsend said.

The commissioners also stressed how important it is to get the word out to as many residents as possible.

“We should try to get them whenever we can,” Commissioner Jean Love said of the school board.

“We need to figure out what possible vehicles we can use to get this out into the community,” said Marvin Shooter, mayor pro tem.

The commissioners also:

— Approved the renewal of a contract for the town’s fire department. Townsend said the town hasn’t approved a service contract with the department since 1998.

“There is no set date of when we have to renew the contract but I think we need to get something updated in writing to have here,” Townsend said.

— Set Dec. 1 as the date for town employees to receive their Christmas bonuses.

By Tomeka Sinclair

Reach Tomeka Sinclair at 910-416-5865

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