By Joy Warren
Council Members Rich Glenn, Paula Greene, Herman Lewis and Rufus Lloyd were elected/reelected in November. Clerk of Superior Court Nikki Dennis administered their Oath of Office during the Monday evening meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council.
In addition, the Oath of Office was administered to the newly appointed Fire Chief Hollis Freeman. Rufus Lloyd was also elected as Mayor Pro Tempore to serve at the pleasure of the Council.
January 1, 2022, Keith L. Smith will be retiring from the Town with 40 years of service in the Public Services Department (Street Department). As a way of honoring him, a street will be named for him, “Keith L. Smith Lane” with signage being erected on the roadway leading from U.S. 701 to the entrance of Tory Hole Park and around the parking area. Mayor Sylvia Campbell expressed the sentiments of the Council and staff, “We express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for Keith’s dedication and commitment to the Town for 40 years, and we wish Keith the best that retired life has to offer!”
In administrative matters, Council approved the Preliminary Engineering Report for Live, Work and Play EDA Grant Submission; approved a Letter of Commitment for EDA Grant Application for the Live, Work, Play Campus Project, Elizabethtown Industrial Park for a $200,000 cash match; rescheduled the January 3, 2022 meeting date to Monday, January 10, 2022 Zoom call at 5:00 p.m.; set the date of February 15th for the Town’s 2022 Budget Retreat; approved extension of the audit contract for FY ending 6/30/2021; approved the Proposal from Precision Safe Sidewalks – Sidewalk Repair Project; and approved budget amendment and monthly financial report.
In observance of Christmas, the Town offices will be closed on December 23rd, 24th and 27th. In observance of New Year’s, the Town offices will be closed on Friday, December 31, 2021.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is scheduled for Monday, January 17th at 11 a.m.