FAIRMONT— The town of Fairmont will get three new American flag retirement drop boxes thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Tyler Lennon.
Lennon made a presentation to the town Board of Commissioners Tuesday, asking residents to retire worn flags properly. He will place the boxes at Town Hall, the Border Belt Museum and Lewis and Brady Building Supply.
“Boy Scouts will retire the flags properly and with dignity,” Lennon said. “I worked with 12 Scouts, friends and family members over 175 hours to complete the project, and I raised over $400 in donations.”
Lennon was accompanied by his scoutmaster and father Waylon Lennon and a family contingent. He received an ovation at the close of his presentation, and Mayor Bobby Townsend placed the first four worn flags in the Town Hall’s box.
In other business, Town Manager Katrina Tatum told the board that the town received notice of a $150,000 grant last week. The grant, received through the Lumber River Council of Governments, will map the town sewer lines.
The town will contribute a 5 percent match or $7,500, although Tatum said the grant allows in-kind services instead of cash. The project will inventory and map sewer lines and lift stations, evaluate lift stations and provide closed circuit inspection from manhole sites.
Fairmont will host its next job fair on May 16 at the Town Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Peggy Davis of the North Carolina Works Career Center of Lumberton told the board that 15 to 25 local employers will be on hand.
“We’ve been doing this twice a year, and we usually have a crowd when we open the doors,” Davis said.
Commissioner Terry Evans made an impassioned plea for the town to adopt an ordinance banning sagging pants. Evans, who proposed a similar ordinance in 2015, left his seat and paced in front of the commissioners.
“You’ve got young people showing the crack of their behinds, and it’s getting worse,” Evans said. “If a woman dressed like that it would be indecent exposure.
“I wasn’t raised like that,” he said. “It’s a moral issue.”
Evans said it’s a racial thing, and the board is all black with the exception of Charles Kemp.
Intervention from Mayor Townsend did not stop Evans. His plea fell on deaf ears and died without a motion.
The town’s Economic Development Committee will host a public meeting on its strategic plan on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
It is a five-year plan to help the town determine its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, committee Chair Winona Gause told the board. The committee is working with N.C. Main Street and Rural Planning Center on the plan.
The meeting is open to the public.
Finally, the the commissioners voted to close Main Street for the May Day Fun Festival on May 5.
Scott Bigelow can be reached at 910-644-4497 or [email protected]