Williamston Council makes budget revisions

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During their regular monthly meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved second reading on an employee handbook change, approved two budget revisions allowing funding for Brookdale Park project and matching funds for a CDBG grant and increased allowed wrecker service fees.

They also approved a Fair Housing resolution and an Emergency Management resolution.

The budget revision was to include three items, however following a motion by Councilman Mike Looper to vote on the items individually, only two items were approved.

The items included $44,800 in funding for the Brookdale Restroom project and $52,389 for matching funds for a Community Development Block Grant for a new sewer line from Gray Drive to the Milliken line.

A proposed budget revision to allow funding for the Milliken property purchase was tabled after considerable discussion.

Concerns were expressed by Councilmen Mack Durham and Mike Looper about liability on the property should there be contaminants or other issues.

After the issue was tabled, Council instructed the town attorney to draft a letter requesting Milliken to disclose any known problems with the property.

The Milliken property purchase, at a price of $150,000, was approved by the town at their last meeting.

The wrecker service fee allowed by the town was increased to match the fees currently being allowed by the State Highway Patrol. The town does not receive any money from the towing fees charged by tow service providers that are on the town’s rotation list.

Council unanimously approved a planning commission recommendation made by Mayor Carthel Crout appointing Doug Atkins to serve on the commission. Atkins will replace former commission member Rocky Burgess.

A proposed recommendation by the town’s planning commission was tabled due to lack of information.

Former Mayor Phillip Clardy raised several questions during the public comments portion of the meeting. A request to rename Greenville Drive Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Drive and the renewal of interest in a town museum were also mentioned during public comments.

Additional details of the council meeting will be available online and in the print edition of The Journal.